[Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., p2013.
1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital.
Prologue: John Brown's raid
Slavery comes to America
Slavery's great foe
and unintended friend
The first Emancipation Proclamation
One head turning into thirteen
The forgotten emancipator
Thomas Jefferson's nightmare
New England preaches
and almost practices
How not to abolish slavery
New England rediscovers the sacred Union
Another Thomas Jefferson urges Virginia to abolish slavery
The abolitionist who lost his faith
Abolitionism divides and conquers itself
Enter Old Man Eloquent
The slave patrols
The trouble with Texas
Slave power paranoia
From Uncle Tom to John Brown
The real Uncle Tom and the unknown South he helped create
Free soil for free (white) men
The whole world is watching
An ex-president tries to save the Union
The anguish of Robert E. Lee
The end of illusions
The third Emancipation Proclamation
Epilogue: Lincoln's visitor.
By the time his body hung from the gallows for his crimes at Harper's Ferry, abolitionists had made John Brown a "holy martyr" in the fight against Southern slave owners. But Northern hatred for Southerners had been long in the making. Northern rage was born of the conviction that New England, whose spokesmen and militia had begun the American Revolution, should have been the leader of the new nation. Instead, they had been displaced by Southern "slavocrats" like Thomas Jefferson. And Northern envy only exacerbated the South's greatest fear: race war. In the sixty years preceding the outbreak of civil war, Northern and Southern fanatics ramped up the struggle over slavery. By the time they had become intractable enemies, only the tragedy of a bloody civil war could save the Union.