"Posterity will owe everlasting thanks to John Brown for lifting up once more to the gaze of a nation grown fat and flabby on the garbage of lust and oppression, a true standard of heroic philanthropy, and each coming generation will pay its installment of the debt. . . . John Brown saw slavery through no mist or cloud, but in a light of infinite brightness, which left no one of its ten thousand horrors concealed." Frederick Douglass

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist and author sets his sites on John Brown
[Excerpted from The Dallas Morning News, May 12, 2009]. Tony Horowitz, an investigative journalist for The Wall Street Journal and author of Confederate in the Attic and other books, is setting his sites on John Brown. According to Joy Tipping of The Morning News, Horowitz has "turned to book-length nonfiction, but his bent for digging beneath the surface has never waned. Now, though, his eyes are trained mostly on the rearview mirror. . . . Horwitz will return to the Civil War for his next book, which will focus on abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, W.Va., in 1859. "I'm not sure if that one will be as funny" as his previous books, Horwitz says. "John Brown's not a ha-ha type of figure. "But sometimes you have to lure people into history. A lot of people just see it as homework. So I'll try to make it as lively and amusing as possible. They get their dessert first, and then you make them eat their peas."

1 comment:

Kathleen Harrington Paints said...

As a Hudson, Ohio resident I'm looking forward to Horowitz's book. As an artist I have been lucky enough to paint plein air on the property and have recently posted photos of those paintings from Tannery Acres on my blog.