By Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz
John Brown was once fiercely devoted to the militant abolitionist reason, a campaign that culminated in Brown's raid at the Federal armory at Harpers Ferry in 1859 and his next execution. much less renowned is his devotion to his relations, and so they to him. of Brown’s sons have been killed at Harpers Ferry, however the dedication of his spouse and daughters frequently is going unacknowledged. In The Tie That sure Us, Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz unearths for the 1st time the intensity of the Brown women’s involvement in his reason and their an important roles in conserving and remodeling his legacy after his death.
As designated via Laughlin-Schultz, Brown’s moment spouse Mary Ann Day Brown and his daughters Ruth Brown Thompson, Annie Brown Adams, Sarah Brown, and Ellen Brown Fablinger have been in lots of methods the main traditional of ladies, contending with power poverty and lives that have been relatively standard for terrible, rural nineteenth-century girls. even if, additionally they lived striking lives, crossing paths with such figures as Frederick Douglass and Lydia Maria baby and embracing an abolitionist ethical code that sanctioned antislavery violence instead of the extra ordinary girl global of petitioning and pamphleteering.
In the aftermath of John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry, the ladies of his kinfolk skilled a selected type of megastar between abolitionists and the yankee public. of their roles as what daughter Annie known as "relics" of Brown’s raid, they validated the bounds of yank reminiscence of the Civil battle, specifically the war’s such a lot radical objective: securing racial equality. as a result of their sturdiness (Annie, the final of Brown’s daughters, died in 1926) and their place as symbols of the main radical kind of abolitionist agitation, the tale of the Brown ladies illuminates the altering nature of ways americans remembered Brown’s raid, radical antislavery, and the reasons and outcomes of the Civil War.