A Plea for Captain John Brown

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by Henry David Thoreau
56 minutes, 45 seconds
Unabridged Essay/Speech


Against the then-popular condemnation of the radical abolitionist who seized a federal armory, attempting to arm slaves and create a violent rebelion against the South, Thoreau delivered this spirited speech justifying Brown’s character and actions to those who would have rather resolved (or failed to resolve) the issue of slavery using discussions and diplomacy. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Henry David Thoreau (1817-11862) was an American writer and philosopher most famous for his memoir and social critique Walden and his libertarian essay "Civil Disobedience." He is widely viewed as the first American environmentalist.

Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


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