Aug 23, 2012 — In fiction, Robert Harris explores a financial crash and Jennifer DuBois recounts a fateful meeting. In nonfiction, Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum analyze how the U.S. lags, Tony Horwitz looks at abolitionist John Brown and Adam Gopnik considers the meaning of food.
Dec 27, 2011 — John Brown, the man who led the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Va., may be among the most polarizing figures in American history. To some, he's a traitor and terrorist; to others, he's a hero. Tony Horwitz discusses his book Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War.
Oct 22, 2011 — On the evening Oct. 16, 1859, abolitionist John Brown led a raid he hoped would ignite a nationwide uprising against slavery. Tony Horwitz tells the story of how Brown's defeat helped spark the Civil War, in Midnight Rising.
Feb 16, 2009 — President Abraham Lincoln's close and sometimes tumultuous friendship with former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass is the subject of Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Author John Stauffer says the two men were alike in many ways though they strategically on how to end slavery.
Jun 7, 2008 — William Hague is the shadow foreign secretary of Britain's Conservative Party, and was once head of the party. Since leaving full-time work in politics, he's been writing political biographies. The latest is called William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner. Scott Simon speaks to the author about how Wilberforce's personality and religious faith informed his anti-slavery activism.
Jan 4, 2008 — Ryan Jordan, author of Slavery and the Meetinghouse: The Quakers and the Abolitionist Dilemma, explains the role of Quakers in the abolition of slavery. We also hear from Clinton Pettus, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee, as he discusses current projects aimed at injustices.
May 7, 2005 — John Brown's violent campaign against slavery — punctuated by the dramatic 1859 raid at Harper's Ferry, Va. — made him a divisive figure, then and now. A new biography by David Reynolds examines the abolitionist's life and his cultural impact.
Apr 21, 2005 — Most American history textbooks paint a romantic picture of the the Underground Railroad. A new book tells the story of a bi-racial movement animated by moral outrage, religious fervor and radical politics.
Apr 20, 2005 — Writer David Reynolds is the author of the new biography John Brown: Abolitionist: The Man who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights. Reynold's book is considered to be a sympathetic look at the man who he says framed the issue of slavery in stark, uncompromising terms.