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Portrait of an Abolitionist: A Biography of George Luther Stearns, 1809-1867 (Contributions in American History) [Hardcover]

Charles E. Heller

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February 28, 1996 0313298637 978-0313298639 1ST

George Luther Stearns became John Brown's single most important financial backer. He personally owned the 200 Sharps rifles Brown brought to Harper's Ferry. Massachusetts Governor John Andrew asked Stearns to recruit the first northern state African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, recently made famous by the Hollywood movie Glory. Stearns was made a major and made Assistant Adjutant General for the Recruitment of Colored Troops. He recruited over 13,000 African-Americans, established schools for their children, and found work for their families. After Emancipation, he worked tirelessly for African-American civil rights. Friends and associates included the Emersons and the Alcotts, Thoreau, Lydia Maria Child, Charles Sumner, Andrew Johnson, and Frederick Douglass.

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?Heller has been diligent and thorough in locating Stearns materials in scattered repositories. Recommended for collections specializing in abolition or the Civil War.?-Choice

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The first modern biography of George L. Stearns, the man who recruited the African-American regiment featured in the movie Glory.

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