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The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown’s Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism by Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz (review)

The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown’s Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism by... john majewski is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism. By Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz. (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2013. Pp. 288. Cloth, $29.95.) Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz's The Tie That Bound Us traces the history of the women in John Brown's family. Specifically, Laughlin-Schultz focuses on John's wife Mary and on their daughter Annie, who kept house at the Kennedy farmhouse near Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The author studies the women in relation to their private, work-filled lives, their association with John Brown and his radical abolitionism, and their efforts to shape his legacy after his death. Using collective biography as her methodology, Laughlin-Schultz succeeds in expanding historical understanding of radical abolitionism. The mother-daughter pair of Mary and Annie Brown shared many qualities: both raised large families; both struggled with absent, financially troubled spouses; both supported John Brown's radical and violent abolitionism; and both worked to influence the national memory of Brown and his actions. Mary Brown was John http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown’s Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism by Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz (review)

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Abstract

john majewski is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism. By Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz. (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2013. Pp. 288. Cloth, $29.95.) Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz's The Tie That Bound Us traces the history of the women in John Brown's family. Specifically, Laughlin-Schultz focuses on John's wife Mary and on their daughter Annie, who kept house at the Kennedy farmhouse near Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The author studies the women in relation to their private, work-filled lives, their association with John Brown and his radical abolitionism, and their efforts to shape his legacy after his death. Using collective biography as her methodology, Laughlin-Schultz succeeds in expanding historical understanding of radical abolitionism. The mother-daughter pair of Mary and Annie Brown shared many qualities: both raised large families; both struggled with absent, financially troubled spouses; both supported John Brown's radical and violent abolitionism; and both worked to influence the national memory of Brown and his actions. Mary Brown was John

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Aug 9, 2014

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