A Volcano Beneath The Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery

ISBN-10: 0307981541
ISBN-13: 9780307981547
Author: Marrin, Albert
Interest Level: 7-12
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: July 2016

Copyright: 2014

Page Count: 256

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Interest Level

Grades 7-12

Reading Level

Guided Reading:
Lexile: 990L
Accelerated Reader Level: 7.7
Accelerated Reader Points: 12.0
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BISAC Subjects

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / History / United States / 19th Century *

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / History / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877) *

John Brown is a man of many legacies, from hero, freedom fighter, and martyr, to liar, fanatic, and "the father of American terrorism." Some have said that it was his seizure of the arsenal at Harper's Ferry that rendered the Civil War inevitable. Deeply religious, Brown believed that God had chosen him to right the wrong of slavery. He was willing to kill and die for something modern Americans unanimously agree was a just cause. And yet he was a religious fanatic and a staunch believer in "righteous violence," an unapologetic committer of domestic terrorism. Marrin brings 19th-century issues into the modern arena with ease and grace in a book that is sure to spark discussion.