The Untold Story of Shields Green: The Life and Death of a Harper's Ferry Raider

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New York University Press
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Louis A. DeCaro, Jr., is Associate Professor of Church History at Alliance Theological Seminary, and is the author of "Fire from the Midst of You" A Religious Life of John Brown and Freedom's Dawn: The Last Days of John Brown in Virginia.
"DeCaro seeks to rescue the story of one Black raider, 'Emperor' Shields Green from history's shadows...DeCaro does an excellent job interrogating the sources, and attempting to find the real Green among the racist stereotypes and language found in both Southern and Northern newspapers. What emerges is a portrait of a man willing to die if it meant an end to slavery."-- "Library Journal"
"Louis DeCaro deftly centers Shields Green in a momentous historical episode. In deciding his fate in the raid on Harper's Ferry, Green said "I go wid de ole man," and DeCaro goes with Green, carefully weighing the speculations about his subject as he crafts a broader tapestry of those turbulent times. A splendid piece of Americana."--Herb Boyd, author of Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination
"The stories of the Black members of John Brown's Harpers Ferry company have too long been shrouded in obscurity and myth. Scholarship about them has finally, in the 21st century, revealed their truth. And among those engaged in that scholarship, Louis DeCaro stands out! His dedication to the true story of Shields Green is second to none. The Untold Story of Shields Green is a revelation for anyone interested in the complete and true history of the struggle to end slavery in America."--Danny Glover, actor
"Louis DeCaro brings Shields Green to life. A long-overlooked figure, he has raised him to his rightful place of importance, unearthing the details of his life and illuminating them like no one has before. This book changes the way we look at John Brown, Frederick Douglass and slavery itself."--Kevin Wilmott, The University of Kansas