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unclefred September 20th, 2011 08:43 AM

Cloudspitter, by Russell Banks, is a fine book about him. Russell Banks also wrote Affliction, the Sweet Hereafter and several others. Those three have the Unclefred seal of approval.

Dwilma01 September 20th, 2011 12:28 PM

In describing John Brown as crazy you need to be more specific, what diagnosis in modern terms. Certainly the people that supported and followed him didn't think him crazy. My own impression is that he was delusional about his own abilities. In short, he was incompetent as a military leader as his decisions around the raid demonstrate.

As for a movie, that is too much for Hollywood to handle. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys?

At the centennial in 1959 no one at the National Park Service was willing to try to stage an observance. Still too hot after 100 years.

As for Raymond Massey as John Brown that was Santa Fe Trail starring Errol Flynn as James Ewell Brown Stuart in 1940.

Mike McClure September 20th, 2011 12:45 PM

How about Robert Duvall?

Spartacuss September 20th, 2011 07:04 PM

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Originally Posted by unclefred (Post 762080)
Cloudspitter, by Russell Banks, is a fine book about him. Russell Banks also wrote Affliction, the Sweet Hereafter and several others. Those three have the Unclefred seal of approval.

I have heard of Banks, but I've not read him. Cloudspitter... interesting title. Thanks for heads up on the books.

unclefred September 20th, 2011 08:03 PM

Oops, it's Cloudsplitter.

Spartacuss September 20th, 2011 08:17 PM

Bwah :laugh: Duly noted. Thanks.

Patton September 20th, 2011 08:31 PM

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Originally Posted by unclefred (Post 762080)
Cloudspitter, by Russell Banks, is a fine book about him. Russell Banks also wrote Affliction, the Sweet Hereafter and several others. Those three have the Unclefred seal of approval.

I'll second that, excellent book. Historical Fiction but very well researched. I live near Hudson Ohio where the beginning of the book took place, so I loved the local references.

Leayah_Israel September 30th, 2012 08:35 PM

John brown an american hero and credit to his race!!!
 
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Originally Posted by Breth (Post 7625)
I think everybody veiws John Brown as a crazy madman. Even the blacks. Though I must admit there has been artwork and i think songs about him. I litterally spit on the picture of him kissing some slaves child. He was rightfully hanged.

All Hail John Brown an American Hero and Credit to His Race!!!

Iolo October 1st, 2012 06:00 AM

There was a play about him, and I took part in it when I was nine, but who wrote it and what it was called I don't know.

Salah October 1st, 2012 06:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Breth (Post 7625)
I think everybody veiws John Brown as a crazy madman. Even the blacks. Though I must admit there has been artwork and i think songs about him. I litterally spit on the picture of him kissing some slaves child. He was rightfully hanged.

I've never heard of a 'black' calling him crazy.


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