"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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Monday, May 11, 2009

Rebecca Hill's Men, Mobs, and Law features John Brown

Rebecca Hill, author of a new book entitled, Men, Mobs, and Law: Anti-Lynching and Labor Defense in U.S. Radical History [Duke University Press], appeared on the radio talk show, "Law and Disorder" on May 11. According to the "Law and Disorder" website, Hill's book discusses "the complexities of protest movements, race, class and gender. . . . Hill draws comparisons in two types of left protest campaigns, those that defend labor organizers from prosecution and the anti-lynching groups that seek to memorialize lynching victims. Hill says, both groups have influenced each other throughout history and she specifically connects the narratives and stories of the NAACP’s anti lynching work to the IWW’s labor defense campaigns."

Below I have provided a pictorialized excerpt from Rebecca's audio interview. However, check out "Law and Disorder's" official website and listen to the entire interview!