Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army (MP3 CD)

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By Eugene L. Meyer, David Colacci (Narrated by)
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Late on the evening of October 16, 1859, John Brown and his band of eighteen raiders descended on Harpers Ferry at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. In an ill-fated attempt to incite a slave insurrection, they seized the federal arsenal, took hostages and retreated to a fire engine house where they barricaded themselves until a contingent of US Marines battered their way in on October 18. The raiders were routed, and several were captured. Soon after, they were tried, convicted and hanged. Among Brown's raiders were five African Americans whose lives and deaths have long been overshadowed by their martyred leader and, even today, are little remembered. Two-John Copeland and Shields Green-were executed. Two others-Dangerfield Newby and Lewis Leary-died at the scene. Newby, the first to go, was shot in the neck, then dismembered by townspeople and left for the hogs. He was trying to liberate his enslaved wife and children. Of the five, only Osborne Perry Anderson escaped and lived to publish the lone insider account of the event that, most historians agree, was a catalyst to the catastrophic Civil War that followed over the country's original sin of slavery.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781977353993
ISBN-10: 1977353991
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: June 1st, 2018
Language: English

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