The Other Great Emancipator

Good Book Review in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal on a contemporary journal of the reviews and responses to John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry.

Here’s a key passage:

This argument, which has been questioned in several recent books on Brown, is
put to rest in “The Tribunal,” which demonstrates just how central John Brown
was to the cultural and political life of his time. Included in the book are
powerful writings about Brown by some of the century’s most notable people: Walt
Whitman, Henry Ward Beecher, Jefferson Davis, HermanJohn Brown Melville, Stephen Douglas,
Louisa May Alcott, Victor Hugo and Karl Marx, to name a few. Brown’s name echoed
among thousands of average folk too. Little wonder that Julia Ward Howe’s “The
Battle Hymn of the Republic” was inspired by a tune sung by Union troops as they
tramped southward that contains the memorable words: “John Brown’s body lies
a-mouldering in the grave, / But his soul is marching on.”

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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