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The Secret Six

The True Tale Of The Men Who Conspired With John Brown

By Edward Renehan, 1956-

Most Americans know that John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia - a raid he believed would ignite a bloody slave revolution - was one of the events that sparked the Civil War. But very few know the story of how Brown was covertly aided by a circle of prosperous and privileged Northeasterners who supplied him with money and weapons, and, before the raid, even hid him in their homes while authorities sought Brown on a murder charge. These men called themselves the Secret Six. The Secret Six included Thomas Wentworth Higginson, minister, author, and editor of the Atlantic Monthly; Samuel Howe, world-famous physician; Theodore Parker, the Unitarian minister whose rhetoric helped shape Lincoln's Gettysburg Address; Franklin Sanborn, an educator and close friend of Emerson and Thoreau; and the immensely wealthy Gerrit Smith and George Luther Stearns. The existence of the Six has been known to scholars, but there has never been a book devoted to them. Now, drawing on archives from Boston to Kansas, Edward J. Renehan, Jr., has created a vivid portrait of this unlikely cabal, showing how six pillars of the establishment came to believe that armed conflict was necessary in order to purge the United States of a government-sanctioned evil, slavery. The messianic zealot Brown - also portrayed - streaked across their path like a meteor. Renehan traces how the Six became involved with Brown, and how their lives were forever changed by the events at Harpers Ferry and the war they helped to start.

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Publish Date

1996

ISBN

1570031819


Format: Book
Author: Renehan, Edward, 1956-
Title: The secret six : the true tale of the men who conspired with John Brown / Edward J. Renehan, Jr.
Publisher Date: Columbia : University of South Carolina, 1996.
Subject: Brown, John, 1800-1859 -- Friends and associates. Harpers Ferry (W. Va.) -- History -- John Brown's Raid, 1859
Isbn: 1570031819 (pbk.)
Current Holds: 0
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System Items Total: 2
Call Number: 973.711 Ren
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Bib Id: 41708

Format: Book
Author: Renehan, Edward, 1956-
Title: The secret six : the true tale of the men who conspired with John Brown / Edward J. Renehan, Jr.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
Publisher, Date: Columbia : University of South Carolina, 1996.
Description: x, 308 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Brown, John, 1800-1859 -- Friends and associates.
Subjects: Harpers Ferry (W. Va.) -- History -- John Brown's Raid, 1859
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 300-302) and index.
LCCN: 96047366
ISBN: 1570031819 (pbk.)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 973.711 Ren