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Transcendentalists, Abolitionists, John Brown and Beyond @ 6:00

August 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Transcendentalists, Abolitionists, John Brown and Beyond; How New England Writers Made John Brown a Hero.”

Bolivar Harpers Ferry Library hosts Richard Smith

Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

John Brown’s Raid on the Harpers Ferry arsenal brought the United States one step closer to Civil War. Many people in the South hated Brown and considered him a deranged fanatic. And while his actions were misunderstood and condemned in the North, a small but vocal group of New England writers and poets did their best to make Brown a hero.

Join Historian Richard Smith for an entertaining and educational lecture and discussion on the aftermath of Brown’s Raid.  Why did the New England literati adore Brown? How did Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Louisa May Alcott reinvent Brown and turn an insane fanatic into an Abolitionist martyr?

Richard Smith has lectured on and written about 19th century American literature since 1999. He recently moved to Harpers Ferry but lived and worked as a public historian in Concord, Massachusetts for almost 20 years, specializing in the Transcendentalists and the Anti-slavery movement.  He has had one book published by Applewood Books, “Quotations of Henry David Thoreau” and his second book, “A Short Biography of John Muir” will be published this summer. This will be Richard’s first lecture as a newly located Harpers Ferry local historian!

Please call 304-535-2301 or stop in to sign up for this free program. All ages welcome!


August 30, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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