John Brown: “The Stone in the Historian's Shoe”


  • Sincere gratitude to David Blight for the invitation that provided the catalyst to reflect on John Brown and his historical significance. Thanks also to the participants in the “John Brown, Slavery, and the Legacies of Revolutionary Violence in Our Own Time” conference held at Yale University in October 2009. Peter Coclanis offered valuable suggestions that improved this article, and Scott Hovey saved me from all manner of prose infelicities.