The Resource Sons of Providence : the Brown brothers, the slave trade, and the American Revolution, Charles Rappleye

Sons of Providence : the Brown brothers, the slave trade, and the American Revolution, Charles Rappleye

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Sons of Providence : the Brown brothers, the slave trade, and the American Revolution
Title
Sons of Providence
Title remainder
the Brown brothers, the slave trade, and the American Revolution
Statement of responsibility
Charles Rappleye
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In 1774, as the new world simmered with tensions that would lead to the violent birth of a new nation, two Rhode Island brothers were heading toward their own war over the issue that haunts America to this day: slavery."
  • "Set against a colonial backdrop teeming with radicals and reactionaries, visionaries, spies, and salty sea captains, Sons of Providence is the biography of John and Moses Brown, two classic American archetypes bound by blood yet divided by the specter of more than half a million Africans enslaved throughout the colonies. John is a profit-driven robber baron running slave galleys from his wharf on the Providence waterfront; his younger brother Moses is an idealist, a conscientious Quaker hungry for social reform who - with blood on his own hands - strikes out against the hypocrisy of slavery in a land of liberty."
  • "Their story spans a century, from John's birth in 1736, through the Revolution, to Moses' death in 1836. The brothers were partners in business and politics and in founding the university that bears their name. They joined in the struggle against England, attending secret sessions of the Sons of Liberty and, in John's case, leading a midnight pirate raid against a British revenue cutter. But for the Browns as for the nation, the institution of slavery was the one question that admitted no middle ground. Moses became an early abolitionist while John defended the slave trade and broke the laws written to stop it
  • The brothers' dispute takes the reader from the sweltering decks of the slave ships to the taverns and town halls of the colonies and shows just how close America came to ending slavery eighty years before the conflagration of civil war."
  • "This dual biography is drawn from voluminous family papers and other primary sources and is a dramatic story of an epic struggle for primacy between two very different brothers. It also provides a fresh and panoramic view of the founding era. Samuel Adams and Nathanael Greene take turns here, as do Stephen Hopkins, Rhode Island's great revolutionary leader and theorist, and his brother Esek, first commodore of the United States Navy. We meet the Philadelphia abolitionists Anthony Benezet and James Pemberton, and Providence printer John Carter, one of the pioneers of the American press. For all the chronicles of America's primary patriarch, none documents, as this book does, George Washington's sole public performance in opposition to the slave trade."
  • "Charles Rappleye brings the skills of an investigative journalist to mine this time and place for vivid detail and introduce the reader to new characters from the members of our founding generation. Raised in a culture of freedom and self-expression, Moses and John devoted their lives to the pursuit of their visions of individual liberty. In so doing, each emerges as an American archetype - Moses as the social reformer, driven by conscience and dedicated to an enlightened sense of justice; John as the unfettered capitalist, defiant of any effort to constrain his will. The story of their collaboration and their conflict has a startlingly contemporary feel. And like any good yarn, the story of the Browns tells us something about ourselves."--Jacket
Awards note
George Washington Prize, 2007
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rappleye, Charles
Dewey number
  • 326/.809227451
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F89.P953
LC item number
A2 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brown, Moses
  • Brown, John
  • Brown family
  • Merchants
  • Slave trade
  • Slavery
  • Providence (R.I.)
  • Rhode Island
  • Providence (R.I.)
Label
Sons of Providence : the Brown brothers, the slave trade, and the American Revolution, Charles Rappleye
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
James Brown puts out to sea -- Brown Brothers Inc. -- The Sally -- Success -- The Gaspee -- Anna -- Capture and release -- Liberty, 1775 -- Moses at war -- John at war -- Liberty, 1782 -- Equal rights -- The society -- The new republic -- Moses goes to congress -- Prosecutions -- John goes to congress -- Legacies
Control code
ocm64336288
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
400 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780743266871
Lccn
2006042320
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780743266871
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)64336288
Label
Sons of Providence : the Brown brothers, the slave trade, and the American Revolution, Charles Rappleye
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
James Brown puts out to sea -- Brown Brothers Inc. -- The Sally -- Success -- The Gaspee -- Anna -- Capture and release -- Liberty, 1775 -- Moses at war -- John at war -- Liberty, 1782 -- Equal rights -- The society -- The new republic -- Moses goes to congress -- Prosecutions -- John goes to congress -- Legacies
Control code
ocm64336288
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
400 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780743266871
Lccn
2006042320
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780743266871
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)64336288

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