Portrait of an Abolitionist: A Biography of George Luther Stearns, 1809-1867

Hardcover | February 1, 1996

byCharles E. Heller

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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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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 Hollywo...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.55 × 6.46 × 1.11 inPublished:February 1, 1996Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313298637

ISBN - 13:9780313298639

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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