08 June 2014

A Volcano Beneath the Snow; Albert Marrin

A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against SlaveryA Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery by Albert Marrin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I gave this a generous 3 because the author does do a good job explaining the history of slavery, both here and in Africa, tying it in to the life of John Brown and how events affected and inspired him. This is an event that has been overlooked by most history teachers, and one that could realistically be called the true start to the Civil War. Brown's actions have inspired others, for better or worse.

But it truly is a generous 3 due to the factual errors, the author's use (only once, but still!) of the first person singular, the padding (we didn't need the history of the Civil War, but more on who was inspired by Brown would have been great) and the insertion of the author's feelings (a topic like this doesn't need an authorial voice saying "here's what you should think").

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