Sermons, 1905-1919

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This is from the bound collection—“bundle #4”—that includes sermons from February 14, 1909 to December 26, 1909.

Nearly 50 years after John Brown's execution for his role in the taking of the arsenal at Harper's Ferry, this sermon celebrates Brown's commitments to end slavery, and more broadly to justice. The sermon draws a connection between Brown and the Pilgrims -- evidently Brown was a direct descendant of a Mayflower passenger -- and with the 19th century Unitarians and transcendentalists. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Victor Hugo are quoted on their opinions of Brown.

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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, United States history, John Brown

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John Brown and the Passion for Justice



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