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.
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John Brown was once fiercely dedicated 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 popular is his devotion to his kin, 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.
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108 She also let Mary know that the Brown rules were being followed in both parents’ absence. ” Ruth was supportive of Mary’s decision to go to the water cure, despite all the extra work it created for her. And she encouraged her not to rush home, whether from enjoyment of life without Mary’s presence or a sympathetic assessment of her stepmother’s needs. ”109 28 C H A PT E R 1 Mary’s twelve-week stint in Northampton provided her with a number of benefits. One element was respite. 110 They addressed women’s life experiences: they offered treatments for complicated pregnancies, frank discussions of childbirth and female problems, and even treatment of conditions such as a prolapsed uterus.
20 Ruth and the other Browns talked over Brown’s plan to fight back against the Fugitive Slave Law. In Springfield, Brown organized a group of forty-four African American men into the League of Gileadites, and he encouraged them to train to use arms. 21 When he returned to North Elba, Ruth recalled, “he went round among his colored friends there who had been 34 C H A PT E R 2 fugitives, urging them to resist the law, no matter by what authority it should be enforced. ”22 Brown’s growing commitment to armed resistance was not limited to himself: all Browns were expected to defend their North Elban neighbors against slave catchers.
22 Brown’s growing commitment to armed resistance was not limited to himself: all Browns were expected to defend their North Elban neighbors against slave catchers. ”23 Notably, she needed no such persuasion. ”25 Though Brown had assigned her to home-front defense, Ruth envisioned herself as active on behalf of the antislavery cause. Though she denigrated “hot water” as a woman’s weapon, she still claimed it as hers. As she found her antislavery feelings roused to extraordinary lengths, twenty-one-year-old Ruth also experienced the most ordinary of life events: courtship.
The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown’s Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism by Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz