Brown Bag Lunch Bunch
Join Librarian Jeff Zaino for a discussion of 'Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War', by Tony Horwitz, on Wednesday, March 6 at 12 Noon in the Lamb Room. Light refreshments will be served. Bring a brown bag lunch for a heartier meal.
Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown launched a surprise raid on the slaveholding South. Leading a biracial band of militant idealists, he seized the massive armory at Harpers Ferry, freed and armed slaves, and vowed to liberate every bondsman in America.
Brown’s daring strike sparked a savage street fight and a counterattack by U.S. Marines under Robert E. Lee. The bloodshed and court drama that followed also shocked a divided nation and propelled it toward civil war. Tony Horwitz's Midnight Rising brings Brown and his uprising vividly to life and charts America’s descent into explosive conflict. The result is a taut and indispensable history of a man and a time that still resonate in our own.