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Stauffer, John 1965-

Works: 73 works in 219 publications in 1 language and 14,995 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Autobiographies  Fiction  Historical fiction  Sources  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  War fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: E449, B
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Most widely held works about John Stauffer
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Most widely held works by John Stauffer
The black hearts of men : radical abolitionists and the transformation of race by John Stauffer( )

31 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 3,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a time when slavery was spreading and the country was steeped in racism, two white men and two black men overcame social barriers and mistrust to form a unique alliance that sought nothing less than the end of all evil. Drawing on the largest extant bi-racial correspondence in the Civil War era, John Stauffer braids together these men's struggles to reconcile ideals of justice with the reality of slavery and oppression. Who could imagine that Gerrit Smith, one of the richest men in the country, would give away his wealth to the poor and ally himself with Frederick Douglass, an ex-slave? And why would James McCune Smith, the most educated black man in the country, link arms with John Brown, a bankrupt entrepreneur, along with the others? Distinguished by their interracial bonds, they shared a millennialist vision of a new world where everyone was free and equal. As the nation headed toward armed conflict, these men waged their own war by establishing model interracial communities, forming a new political party, and embracing violence. Their revolutionary ethos bridged the divide between the sacred and the profane, black and white, masculine and feminine, and civilization and savagery that had long girded western culture. In so doing, it embraced a malleable and "black-hearted" self that was capable of violent revolt against a slaveholding nation, in order to usher in a kingdom of God on earth. In tracing the rise and fall of their prophetic vision and alliance, Stauffer reveals how radical reform helped propel the nation toward war even as it strove to vanquish slavery and preserve the peace
The battle hymn of the republic : a biography of the song that marches on by John Stauffer( )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was sung at Ronald Reagan's funeral, and adopted with new lyrics by labor radicals. John Updike quoted it in the title of one of his novels, and George W. Bush had it performed at the memorial service in the National Cathedral for victims of September 11, 2001. Perhaps no other song has held such a profoundly significant -- and contradictory -- place in America's history and cultural memory than the "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." In this sweeping study, John Stauffer and Benjamin Soskis show how this Civil War tune has become an anthem for cause after radically different cause. The song originated in antebellum revivalism, with the melody of the camp-meeting favorite, "Say Brothers, Will You Meet Us." Union soldiers in the Civil War then turned it into "John Brown's Body." Julia Ward Howe, uncomfortable with Brown's violence and militancy, wrote the words we know today. Using intense apocalyptic and millenarian imagery, she captured the popular enthusiasm of the time, the sense of a climactic battle between good and evil; yet she made no reference to a particular time or place, allowing it to be exported or adapted to new conflicts, including Reconstruction, sectional reconciliation, imperialism, progressive reform, labor radicalism, civil rights movements, and social conservatism. And yet the memory of the song's original role in bloody and divisive Civil War scuttled an attempt to make it the national anthem. The Daughters of the Confederacy held a contest for new lyrics, but admitted that none of the entries measured up to the power of the original. "The Battle Hymn" has long helped to express what we mean when we talk about sacrifice, about the importance of fighting -- in battles both real and allegorical -- for the values America represents. It conjures up and confirms some of our most profound conceptions of national identity and purpose. And yet, as Stauffer and Soskis note, the popularity of the song has not relieved it of the tensions present at its birth -- tensions between unity and discord, and between the glories and the perils of righteous enthusiasm. If anything, those tensions became more profound. By following this thread through the tapestry of American history, The Battle Hymn of the Republic illuminates the fractures and contradictions that underlie the story of our nation. - Publisher
The abolitionist imagination by Andrew Delbanco( )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revisits the nineteenth century abolitionist movement as the embodiment of a driving force in American history, giving a better understanding of the balance between moral fervor and political responsibility
The state of Jones : the small southern county that seceded from the Confederacy by Sally Jenkins( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Jones County, Mississippi, a farmer named Newton Knight led his neighbors, white and black alike, in an insurrection against the Confederacy at the height of the Civil War. Knight's life story mirrors the little-known story of class struggle in the South--and it shatters the image of the Confederacy as a unified front against the Union
Giants : the parallel lives of Frederick Douglass & Abraham Lincoln by John Stauffer( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were the preeminent self-made men of their time. In this dual biography, John Stauffer describes the transformations in the lives of these two giants during a major shift in cultural history, when men rejected the status quo and embraced new ideals of personal liberty. As Douglass and Lincoln reinvented themselves and ultimately became friends, they transformed America. At a time when most whites would not let a black man cross their threshold, Lincoln invited Douglass into the White House. Lincoln recognized that he needed Douglass to help him destroy the Confederacy and preserve the Union; Douglass realized that Lincoln's shrewd sense of public opinion would serve his own goal of freeing the nation's blacks. Their relationship shifted in response to the country's debate over slavery, abolition, and emancipation.--From publisher description
The heroic slave : a cultural and critical edition by Frederick Douglass( )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Heroic Slave was Frederick Douglass' only piece of fiction. He wrote it in response to the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society's request for a submission to be included in their anthology Autographs for Freedom. The Heroic Slave is a retelling of an actual rebellion led by Madison Washington on the slave ship Creole. Douglass shows how the rebellion is part of a revolution and therefore fundamentally American
Picturing Frederick Douglass : an illustrated biography of the nineteenth century's most photographed American by John Stauffer( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Picturing Frederick Douglass is a work that promises to revolutionize our knowledge of race and photography in nineteenth-century America. Teeming with historical detail, it is filled with surprises, chief among them the fact that neither George Custer nor Walt Whitman, and not even Abraham Lincoln, was the most photographed American of that century. In fact, it was Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) the ex-slave turned leading abolitionist, eloquent orator, and seminal writer whose fiery speeches transformed him into one of the most renowned and popular agitators of his age, "--NoveList
The tribunal : responses to John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid by John Stauffer( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When John Brown led twenty-one men in an attack on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry on October 16, 1859, he envisioned a biblical uprising of millions of armed bondsmen, thus ridding the nation of the scourge of slavery. The insurrection did not happen, and Brown and the other surviving raiders were quickly captured and executed. This landmark anthology, which collects contemporary speeches, letters, newspaper articles, journals, poems, and songs, demonstrates that Brown's actions nonetheless altered the course of American history. John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd have assembled an impressive and wide-ranging collection of responses to Brown's raid: Brown's own words, Northern and Southern reactions, international commentary, and reflection from the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Represented here are all the figures one would expect to see (Lincoln, Thoreau, Frederick Douglass), many surprises (John Wilkes Booth, Karl Marx, Giuseppe Garibaldi), as well as free and enslaved blacks and white citizens. The result is a book that views Brown from multiple vantage points."--Jacket
Prophets of protest : reconsidering the history of American abolitionism by Timothy Patrick McCarthy( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of original contributions on American abolitionism by African Americans, women, and other less-represented groups, drawing on a new body of research in African American studies, literature, and law
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass : an American slave by Frederick Douglass( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the greatest works of American autobiography, in a definitive Library of America text: Published seven years after his escape from slavery, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" (1845) is a powerful account of the cruelty and oppression of the Maryland plantation culture into which Frederick Douglass was born. It brought him to the forefront of the antislavery movement and drew thousands, black and white, to the cause. Written in part as a response to skeptics who refused to believe that so articulate an orator could ever have been a slave, the "Narrative "reveals the eloquence and fierce intelligence that made Douglass a brilliantly effective spokesman for abolition and equal rights, as he shapes an inspiring vision of self-realization in the face of unimaginable odds
The problem of evil : slavery, freedom, and the ambiguities of American reform( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of James McCune Smith : Black intellectual and abolitionist by James McCune Smith( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The portable Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A new collection of the seminal writings and speeches of a legendary writer, orator, and civil rights leader This compact volume offers a full course on the remarkable, diverse career of Frederick Douglass, letting us hear once more a necessary historical figure whose guiding voice is needed now as urgently as ever. Edited by renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian John Stauffer, The Portable Frederick Douglass includes the full range of Douglass's works: the complete Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, as well as extracts from My Bondage and My Freedom and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass; The Heroic Slave, one of the first works of African American fiction; the brilliant speeches that launched his political career and that constitute the greatest oratory of the Civil War era; and his journalism, which ranges from cultural and political critique (including his early support for women's equality) to law, history, philosophy, literature, art, and international affairs, including a never-before-published essay on Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L'Ouverture. The Portable Frederick Douglass is the latest addition in a series of African American classics curated by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. First published in 2008, the series reflects a selection of great works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by African and African American authors introduced and annotated by leading scholars and acclaimed writers in new or updated editions for Penguin Classics. In his series essay, "What Is an African American Classic?" Gates provides a broader view of the canon of classics of African American literature available from Penguin Classics and beyond. Gates writes, "These texts reveal the human universal through the African American particular: all true art, all classics do this; this is what 'art' is, a revelation of that which makes each of us sublimely human, rendered in the minute details of the actions and thoughts and feelings of a compelling character embedded in a time and place." For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators"--
The state of Jones by Sally Jenkins( Recording )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A southern county secedes from the U.S. Confederacy
My bondage and my freedom by Frederick Douglass( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""My Bondage and My Freedom," writes John Stauffer in his Foreword, "[is] a deep meditation on the meaning of slavery, race, and freedom, and on the power of faith and literacy, as well as a portrait of an individual and a nation a few years before the Civil War." As his narrative unfolds, Frederick Douglass - abolitionist, journalist, orator, and one of the most powerful voices to emerge from the American civil rights movement - transforms himself from slave to fugitive to reformer, leaving behind a legacy of social, intellectual, and political thought. Set from the text of the 1855 first edition, this Modern Library Paperback Classic includes Douglass's original Appendix, composed of excerpts from the author's speeches as well as a letter he wrote to his former master."--BOOK JACKET
The pathfinder, or, The inland sea by James Fenimore Cooper( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel, set on Lake Ontario during the French and Indian Wars and featuring Natty Bumppo and Mohican chief Chingachgook, who serve as scouts for the British
Skate farm : volume one by Danny Neiman( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When a shadowy government agency pursues its ceaseless war with Ali Baba and the Dirty Deeds to Southern California, they bring with them pain and suffering for the locals. But they also bring skateboards: skateboards with mysterious and unbelievable abilities. With these boards, a troubled teen, a pro skater, a malcontent and an overachiever embark on a quest to rid the world of this evil."--Page 4 of cover
Meteor of war : the John Brown story by Zoe Trodd( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few men in American history have been at once as glorified and maligned as John Brown. From his attack of the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859, as part of a scheme to free the slaves, Brown has been called a saint and sinner, rogue and redeemer, martyr and madman. Brown rebelled against the American government, and he murdered men in Kansas in order to end the murderous institution of slavery. He denounced war, but made war on his government in order to end an existing war for slavery. This anthology, which presents Brown's writing and diverse responses to his life and raid, offers a lens through which to analyze these tensions and contradictions. Extensive introductions to every source offer a close reading of language and provide full historical and biographical background. --Cover
Listening to cement by Robert Stivers( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Stivers has quickly emerged as one of the foremost contemporary photographers. In this, his second book of photographs in three years, Stivers extends, deepens, and complicates the themes of mystery and movement, sensuality and spirituality, and the search for individual identity that occupied him in his first book, Robert Stivers: Photographs, (1997). In his new work, he juxtaposes the human figure with architectural images, thus pointing to the reciprocity between consciousness and a sense of place that is central to an understanding of the self. The aesthetic throughout couples soft focus with rich and subtle textures and tones, resulting in a collection that is amazingly coherent despite (or because of) its haunting and mysterious qualities. In Stivers's world, of figures dancing around and through columns and curves of stones, nothing is ever static-there is constant movement and continual flux, not only of the self, but also of time and place. He seems to suggest that the quest for identity resides in a void of disorientation, but it is a void that can be redeemed by the wonderment and mystery of an unseen spiritual world. -- Publisher's description
Everyday life by Danica Phelps( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The black hearts of men : radical abolitionists and the transformation of race
The state of Jones : the small southern county that seceded from the ConfederacyGiants : the parallel lives of Frederick Douglass & Abraham LincolnProphets of protest : reconsidering the history of American abolitionismThe problem of evil : slavery, freedom, and the ambiguities of American reformThe works of James McCune Smith : Black intellectual and abolitionistThe state of JonesMy bondage and my freedomThe pathfinder, or, The inland sea
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