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This book is not a great work in primary research, but rather in the harmonization and interpretation of the history of John Brown and the Abolitionist movement While there are a few slower parts, the writing is grand and exciting The narrative follows the development of Northern intellectual thought from about 1830 to 1860 Revivalists, Unitarians, Transcendentalists, and New England elite form an interesting mix of actors in the drama The drama is one of friends and societies friendships t This book is not a great work in primary research, but rather in the harmonization and interpretation of the history of John Brown and the Abolitionist movement While there are a few slower parts, the writing is grand and exciting The narrative follows the development of Northern intellectual thought from about 1830 to 1860 Revivalists, Unitarians, Transcendentalists, and New England elite form an interesting mix of actors in the drama The drama is one of friends and societies friendships that impacted a country It follows the life of John Brown and how he and his terrorizing actions in Kansas intersected with the revolutionary ideas of the Abolitionists One of the insightful aspects of this book is Otto Scott s examination of how New England orthodoxy broke down into the new American religion centered on human will and social reform which still used the terms of the older Christianity This had both evangelical and liberal branches e.g Charles G Finney Theodore Weld and William E Channing Waldo Emerson, respectively , but both branches shared a common belief in the goodness of man and that sin was rooted in society, and thus that salvation came through human exertion and social change Slavery would be the first of many causes of this social gospel Both branches also shared a dislike of the established church and the Calvinism of the past.The abolitionist movement wasthan merely an anti slavery movement It was a revolutionary, religious movement seeking to eradicate the sin of slavery from societyprecisely, from someone else s society The rhetoric matched this revolutionary stance and led to the ethics of terror that John Brown used The American Civil War was surely a complicated event, and by no means were all Northerners abolitionists though it may have looked that way to Southerners , yet this book is very helpful in understanding the war and its causes.Scott quotes Reverend H.D King saying of John Brown, I tried to get at his theology But I could never force him down to dry sober talk on what he thought of the moral features of things in general He would not express himself on little diversions from the common right for the accomplishment of a greater good For him there was only one wrong, and that was slavery He was rather skeptical, I think Not an infidel, but not bound by creeds He believed in God and Humanity, but his attitude seemed to be We don t know anything about some things We do not know about the humanity matter If any great obstacle stands in the way, you may properly break all the Decalogue to get rid of it p 251 Excellent. Scott writes a good history The Secret Six tells you what few others have The book covers the abolitionist movement and ideology that began almost half a century prior to the civil war in the United States that it caused It gives you a close up of the six men who were primary movers on the abolition stage in the years leading up to the war, and who financed and encouraged the terrorist John Brown for their cause The strange character John Brown, who rose to the status of a saint among his Scott writes a good history The Secret Six tells you what few others have The book covers the abolitionist movement and ideology that began almost half a century prior to the civil war in the United States that it caused It gives you a close up of the six men who were primary movers on the abolition stage in the years leading up to the war, and who financed and encouraged the terrorist John Brown for their cause The strange character John Brown, who rose to the status of a saint among his supporters and sympathizers for his role as agitator and murderer, first in the Kansas territory and later at the Harpers Ferry arsenal, is covered in depth Scott also shows the distinct connection between the abolition movement and the Transcendentalist and Unitarian religions that incubated it Over all, great book and necessary read.EW Six New England yankees who financed and encouraged John Brown to use terror by killing innocent people to help the Northern Abolitionist One of the richest men in the North, a businessman,a well known Massachusetts preacher that did not believe in the Trinity and later denied all Christian doctrine also a socialist, a famous poet that taught transcendentalism and was a humanitarian a term that then defined those that denied the divinity of Jesus A school teacher that married an invalid heir Six New England yankees who financed and encouraged John Brown to use terror by killing innocent people to help the Northern Abolitionist One of the richest men in the North, a businessman,a well known Massachusetts preacher that did not believe in the Trinity and later denied all Christian doctrine also a socialist, a famous poet that taught transcendentalism and was a humanitarian a term that then defined those that denied the divinity of Jesus A school teacher that married an invalid heiress and inherited her fortune, later became a powerful official in Massachusetts, another millionaire that inherited vast holdings from his father and when John Brown was arrested he fled and feigned insanity, a famous physician whose wife becausefamous than him for creating the words to The Battle Hymn of the Republic.From the book Unlike those who murdered innocent people in the past, this new type of assassin was praised by many journalists and hailed by some as a hero of the people His murders were blended, by skillful propaganda, into praises of the cause he claimed to represent and this, too was a departure from standards of judgment that had distinguished civilization from barbarity throughout the centuries.As I read this book, the old saying, history repeats itself and there is nothing new under the sun came to mind We have just found out that the leader of the women s march on Washington D.C., is actually Muslim Organizer, Linda Sarsour who Is Pro Sharia Law with Ties To Hamas, not to mention George Soros and his funding of all things socialist (READ E-PUB) à The Secret Six: John Brown and the Abolitionist Movement ´ The Secret Six John Brown and the Abolitionist Movement, including Notes, Bibliography, and Index,pagesFirst Edition, New York Times Book CoSecond Edition, The Foundation for American Education as The Secret Six The Fool as Martyr Third Edition, Uncommon Books, Seattle, Wash , as The Secret Six John Brown and the Abolitionist Movement Unlike previous biographies of John Brown, this is the first to look at the rich men who funded his attack on Harper s Ferry It looks into their backgrounds and personalities, their associations with Emerson, Thoreau, and other Transcendentalists, and places them not on the fringe, but in the center of the Abolitionist movement In the process, antebellum New England takes on a new and interesting aspect than the whitewashes of the past This is history as it was, not as it is taught by the winners of the Civil War First published by Times Books in , The Secret Six elicited the following comments among othersThe author s thesis is that John Brown and the cabal of eminent Massachusetts clergymen, literati and wealthy businessmen, the Secret Six, who encouraged and financed him were pioneers in a use of terror that in our day has come to plague the world the idea that killing even innocent people is moral if it serves a greater good The New YorkerScott s accomplishment is considerable, and worth studying, not only as a signal contribution to the bibliography of terrorism, but as a vivid and penetrating account of an awful phase of our history Norman Corwin in The Los Angeles TimesThanks to Otto Scott s energetic and intricate account of past delusions of righteous grandeur, terrorism may not in the future be so easy to rationalize away Dr Gordon M Pradl in Chronicles of CultureIf Scott s thorough study of the half secret movement behind John Brown receives the attention it deserves there will be less adulation, even in liberal and radical circles, of a reformer as mad and merciless as any th century terrorist And there should be some reassessment of the famous Northern abolitionists who made mad Brown their tool Russell KirkAmong other distinctions, John Brown is the only known mass murderer in American history to be remembered as a national hero M Stanton Evans Now an underground classic for its incorrect perspective but eminently correct historical accuracy, this is the definitive book on the exemplar of modern political terror the practice of murdering helpless and innocent people to make a political point and the physical origins of the Civil War