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The Secret Six The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown summary ´ 108 D 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 StearnsThe 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 E. Such a dry read It reads like a master s thesis or a PhD dissertation But I think it is a necessary book One of the subjects is uoted as saying in the later 1800 s aren t we as important in knowing as the guy that sold Christ his mule on the way to the Last Supper I d counter that point with these people played a bigger part than the mule salesman These people funded John Brown functioned as sounding boards provided the weapons used in the lead up to Harper s Ferry Learning their story is learning the bigger picture of the Raid on Harper s Ferry in addition to learning specifics on John Brown s journey learning that it was a movement or maybe the start of a movement rather than a lone crazed mansummary The Secret Six The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown
The Secret Six The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown summary ´ 108 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 SixThe Secret Six include. I read this book as research and learned an amazing amount about why John Brown had such an impact What an illustrious following he had It was not just the Secret Six those whose names were found in John Brown s possession but the entire town of Concord Mass and all the Transcendentalists that lived there We re talking Emerson Thoreau Alcott Black luminaries too such as Douglass and Tubman were held riveted by John Brown s magnetic sway When John Brown came to his hanging day they had so deified him Emerson He shall make the gallows glorious like the cross that he became a battle cry the song of freedom sung as the first soldiers Massachusetts and New York boys marched off to war singing John Brown s Body Lies a Moldering in the Grave Lincoln vehemently denounced him the South proclaimed him proof of the North s ill intentions Thoreau proclaimed his martyrdom the best news the North had ever hadWow So if I got all that out of skimming for research then I imagine it s a pretty good read for pleasure But I can t really evaluate it on that level I may have to read it again and just enjoy itSo I slept on this and realized that some of what I wrote may have come from other sources It s been awhile And thinking deeply about the book itself I can safely remember that it is very suspenseful in its depiction of the Secret Six and others fleeing for their lives after his arrest Many went to Canada others to Europe Gerrit Smith checked into an insane asylum Some stayed put as Massachusetts declared it would not extradite anyone to Virginia states rights was not just a Southern issue then These were gentlemen not used to thinking of themselves as criminals Some refused to appear at Congressional hearings putting themselves in contempt of court All declared their innocence that they did not know what John Brown would do with the money they gave him The author gives some credence to this though that seems to me political correctness as they certainly knew that John Brown intended to break the law From another source Thoreau said from a pulpit in Concord as Brown was being hanged Ye needn t take so much pains my friends to wash your skirts of him No one will ever be convinced that he was any creature of yours He went and came as he himself informs us under the auspices of John Brown and nobody else
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The Secret Six The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown summary ´ 108 Dward 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 brilliantly 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. Fascinating look into the bigger story surrounding Harper s Ferry