My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A sweeping and widely encompassing account of how John Brown's actions and beliefs affected the women closest to him. There is so much information about ore Civil War and post Civil War abolitionism. I feel like I have a handle on societal issues surrounding abolitionism. I also feel like I have seen into the daily lives and struggles of these some that influenced them into becoming complicated people with the heavy weight of their collective past.
I must say that this was a hefty book to get through. I'm glad I kept at it and finished, but it took me awhile.
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And a thank you to NetGalley for the free copy. I really am reviewing it!
One thing I want to make very clear is that this is an intellectual book. It is written by a professor and reads like a book for students. That is one reason it took me over a year to read it. I am not that great at academic reading. However, this one is so full of great details and insights that I couldn't give up on it either. I really did enjoy it. If you decide to pick it up, there is so much you will learn! Just be prepared to take your time.
I just found out that the author is a professor at EIU, my alma mater! Go Panthers! By the writing in this book, I can tell she is a great academic and probably an awesome professor.