John Brown: His Fight for Freedom by John Hendrix gives readers a glimpse into his life as an abolitionist who was willing to put his life on the line for those enslaved. Many abolitionists spoke out against slavery but few were as passionate and controversial as John Brown.
John Brown lived in Houston, Ohio, a community known for its abolitionists. Raised in such a family, it might be said that John Brown joined the crusade for the end of slavery, the day he gave up his front pew for the black congregation.
He said, “I will raise a storm in this country that will not be stayed so long as there is a slave on its soul.” Brown’s conviction and committment to end slavery led him to meet Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. He went to Kansas to ensure that it would be a free state not a slavery state. He was willing to put his life on the line at Harper’s Ferry. When he failed and became incarcerated, he continued to write letters from his jail cell until his hanging.
Hendrix has written an accounting of Brown’s life that is full of adventure and history while being based in new scholarly research. His pen and ink with acrylic wash illustrations are a great complement to the text. His afterward gives insightful information about his approach to writing this book, It is complete with a bibliography and an index. No wonder is was nominated for a CYBILS award last year. I have boys in my school always looking for a good story about war and conflict. Here is one I can give to them.
Title: John Brown: His Fight for Freedom
Author: John Hendrix
Reading Level: 3rd-8th grade
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Source of Book: Send by publisher
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