John Brown Trial: Bibliography

Brown Biographies

Boyer, Richard O. To Purge This Land with Blood (1973)(Brown through the Bloody Kansas period)

Carton, Evan Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America (2007)

DeCaro, Lou Jr.  Fire from the Midst of You: A Religious Life of John Brown (2002).

DeCaro, Lou Jr. John Brown--The Cost of Freedom (2007)

Du Bois, W. E. B. John Brown (1909)

Oates, Stephen To Purge This Land with Blood: A Biography of John Brown (1970)

Peterson, Merrill D. John Brown: The Legend Revisited (2002)

Sanborn, Frank The Life and Letters of John Brown (1885)(Sanborn was a member of the Secret Six)

Redpath, James The Public Life of Capt. John Brown (1860)(Biography written by a friend of Brown)

Renehan, Edward J. The Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown (1997)

Reynolds, David S. John Brown Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights (2005)(Best biography of Brown)

Villard, Oswald Garrison John Brown, 1800-1859: A Biography Fifty Years After (1910)(Well researched early biography)

Wilson, Pebbles H. John Brown, a Soldier of Fortune: A Critique (1913)(Poorly researched and negative on Brown)


Burns, Ken The Civil War (PBS)

Kenner, Robert John Brown's Holy War (PBS)(2000)

Notable Civil War Accounts with Extensive Material on Brown

McPherson, James Battle Cry of Freedom

Collections of Primary Materials Concerning Brown

Ruchame, Louis John Brown: The Making of a Revolutionary (1969)

Trodd, Zoe and Stauffer John Meteor of War: The John Brown Story (2004)

Novels Based on the Life of Brown

Banks, Russell Cloudsplitter (1998)

Olds, Bruce Raising Holy Hell (1995)

Robinson, Marilynne Gilead (2004)

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