The colored hero of harpers ferry is a well researched and highly readable work of scholarship steven lubet chronicles in fine detail the life and tragic death of a colored participant in john browns ill fated raid on the arsenal at harpers ferry. Steven lubets new work the colored hero of harpers ferry john anthony copeland and the war against slavery provides readers with an in depth examination of the life of one of browns african american co conspirators john anthony copeland. The colored hero of harpers ferry john anthony copeland and the war against slaveryby steven lubet new york cambridge university press 2015 pp 272. John anthony copeland jr 1834 1859 was born a free black in raleigh north carolinain 1843 when he was a child his family moved north to oberlin ohio where he later attended oberlin collegehe became involved in abolitionist and antislavery activities and participated in the successful oberlin wellington rescuecopeland joined john browns raid on harpers ferry was captured . On the night of sunday october 16 1859 hoping to bring about the eventual end of slavery radical abolitionist john brown launched an armed attack at harpers ferry virginia
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