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The Zealot and the Emancipator by H. W. Brands

The Zealot and the Emancipator

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The Zealot and the Emancipator by H. W. Brands
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Oct 06, 2020 | ISBN 9780385544009

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“Featuring the riveting narrative sweep, sharp eye for detail, and original analysis we have come to expect from H. W. Brands, The Zealot and the Emancipator vividly illuminates the convulsive battles to fulfill the long-deferred American dream of freedom for all. Along the way, Brands makes thought-provoking connections between these two extraordinary men—a revolutionary and a president—that have eluded most historians for generations. Here is a book that deserves to become foundational reading for America’s new reckoning with slavery, race, and racism.”
—Harold Holzer, author of The Presidents vs. the Press and winner of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize
 
“Frederick Douglass appreciated both Abraham Lincoln, whom he deemed ‘emphatically the black man’s president,’ and John Brown, whose zeal in the cause of black freedom he acknowledged ‘was far greater than mine.’ Similarly, H. W. Brands evenhandedly portrays both of those martyrs to African American free­dom as they trod their separate and distinct paths toward the same goal. This volume is a worthy companion to Brands’s earlier biographies of FDR, Benjamin Franklin, and other eminent Americans.”
—Michael Burlingame, author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life

“Entertaining and insightful . . . Brands provides essential historical context and intriguing insights into both men’s characters and decision-making. American history fans will be thrilled.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“An outstanding dual biography”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“A fascinating and wonderfully readable portrayal of the tensions between fiery militancy and determined but measured devotion in working toward a goal. Excellent for general readers, especially those with an interest in the Civil War.”
—Library Journal

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