Table of contents for "Fire from the midst of you" : a religious life of John Brown / Louis A. DeCaro, Jr.


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1     Introduction: Reconfiguring Sainthood1

I  A Power above Ourselves                            9
 1    "And They Had No Comforter": John Brown
       and the "Everlasting Negro" Question              11
 2     John Brown's Heritage                             20
 3     Revival, Resistance, and Abolition in the Time
       of John Brown                                     30

II  A Good Cause and a Sovereign God                    43
 4     The Early Years: Autobiography and History      45
 5     Millennial Hopes, Abolitionist Awakenings         57
 6    "This Path of Life": From Ohio to Pennsylvania   68

III Providence and Principle                             81
 7     Citizen Brown's Calvinist Community               83
 8     The Pursuit of Success and the Disappointments
       of Providence                                     95
 9     Of Vows and Tears                                108

IV  In Times of Difficulty                              121
 10    Belted Knights and Practical Shepherds           123
 11   "We Are Tossing Up and Down"                      136
 12    The Practical Shepherd in Springfield            146



V   Big Difficulties and Firm Footholds                161
 13    A Cold and Snowy Canaan Land                      163
 14   "So We Go": Failed Ventures and
       Disappointing Outcomes                           177
 15   "All the Encouragement in My Power"                189

VI Enduring Hardness                                    203
 16    Ohio and Beyond                                  205
 17   "Kansas the Outpost": An Overview                 216
 18    Pottawatomie and the Fatherless                  223

VII I Will Raise a Storm                                237
 19   "The Language of Providence"                      239
 20    "This Spark of Fire"                              252
 21   "My Public Murder"                                264

       Epilogue: A Saint's Rest                         279

       Notes                                            285
       Selected Bibliography                            335
       Index                                            345
       About the Author                                 349