John Brown's Ghost Haunts the Internet!!!
John Brown's body may be a moulderin' in the grave, but his soul goes marching on, especially on the World Wide Web. This site offers Civil War historians and other interested parties a chance to get more information on John Brown and the song which brought him back from the dead. It is based on a new book by Civil War musician and author Robert Willis Allen. With the help of his Civil War performance group, Hardtack & Homespun, he has also recorded a CD which includes many songs mentioned in his book. The website also includes Allen's notes on slavery and racism in America, and a selection of the author's favorite out-takes, stories he found interesting but that were cut from the book.
About the Book
Marching On! : John Brown's Ghost from the Civil War to Civil Rights by Robert Willis Allen is the latest in a long series of publications about America's most famous terrorist who led the 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia, to free the slaves. But where most books are content to end with Brown's execution and burial , for Allen this is only the beginning. This book tells the story of how a murderer and felon became a hero and the conscience of a nation during the course of America's bloody Civil War. Keep your eye on this page for notices concerning its impending publication.
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The book is now available from the publisher. Just click on the words Order Form, print out the form, and send it by regular mail to The Northfield Printery. If you happen to have a credit card, and I know what it's like not to have one, and want an easier way to order the book on line, click here for a link that goes directly to Amazon.com.
About the CD
Marching On!: Civil War Songs and Music from the North and South includes a selection of 17 songs including the premiere recording of "The Vermont Volunteers," a song by Reverend William Ford of Brandon, Vermont, written circa 1862. Unfortunately this CD is no longer available as the MP3.com website has gone out of business. It is my hope that we will be able to offer some of these songs for download here on the website very soon.
About the Author / Musician
Robert Willis Allen holds degrees in music, radio broadcasting, and education of the gifted and talented. He currently works as a technical services librarian in charge of managing and creating computerized MARC bibliographical records. For the past fourteen years, he has undertaken a study of the songs and music of the Civil War. In his spare time, he plays the piano, studying and performing American and Christian liturgical music. He and his friend, Claire ManFREDonia Chomentowski, who plays recorder and trombone, have formed a music group called Hot Rococo, specializing in music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods as well as songs from the American Big Band jazz era. His work on John Brown and his song has won critical acclaim from more than a few Civil War scholars across the country, as the endorsements section shows.
Links to Pages
John Brown's Raid
Slavery and Racism in America
More About the Book
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To contact the author, use email@example.com
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Robert Willis Allen