CIVIL WAR STORIES
John Brown was a terrorist, a man who led a raid in Kansas
that butchered five unarmed men. He was also, arguably, of the few white
people in 1850s America who was totally color blind. According to a new
book he was "the man who killed slavery and sparked the Civil War."
So, was John Brown a "good terrorist"? In this hour of To
the Best of Our Knowledge we'll consider the legacy of this most complicated
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer
Prize winning historian and the author of "A Team of Rivals: The
Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," talks with Jim Fleming about
the political genius of the man she considers America's greatest President.
Steve Paulson produced this
report on Abolitionist John Brown which explores the question of whether
terrorism is ever justified. What are we to make of this enigmatic figure
who committed murder in his efforts to end slavery?
E.L. Doctorow's latest novel
is called "The March" and is about the devastating effect
on the South during the Civil War of General William Tecumseh Sherman.
Doctorow talks about the book with Steve Paulson and we hear excerpts
read by Karl Schmidt. Also, historian Tim Tyson tells
Anne Strainchamps about the racially motivated murder that has informed
much of his professional life. He writes about it in a book called "Blood
Done Sign My Name."
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- E.L. Doctorow, The March:
a novel (Random House)
- Doris Kearns Goodwin,
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Simon
- David S. Reynolds, John
Brown, Abolitionist : The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil
War, and Seeded Civil Rights (Knopf)
- Tim Tyson, Blood Done
Sign My Name (Crown)
Books in the John Brown Story:
- --Russell Banks, "Cloudsplitter"
- --Bruce Olds, "Raising Holy
- --Sean Wilentz, "The Rise
of American Democracy"
- --David Reynolds, "John Brown
- --Marilynne Robinson, "Gilead"
- --Sarah Vowell, "Assassination
Music in the John Brown Story
- --Si Kahn w/ "John Brown"
on "I Have Seen Freedom" (Flying Fish Records)
- --Paul Robeson w/ "John Brown's
on "Robeson" (Vanguard)
- --Cassandra Wilson w/ "I Can't Stand the Rain"
on "Blue Light 'Til Dawn" (Capitol Records)
- All music (except in John Brown
story) from the Ken Burns Civil War
soundtrack (Elektra Nonesuch)
--"Marching Through Georgia"
--"Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier"
--"Battle Cry for Freedom"
--"We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder"
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