John Brown in Britain

"Then something broke the peace; like wind it was, the flutter of rising wind."

The sharp voice of a Yankee was unmistakable. It was followed by the drawl of a Southern Negro: "Some Yankee named Ol' John Brown, he raised de debil back in Virginny and freed de niggers all over town; how he want to kick up such dizziness! Nigger business ain't white-folks' business."

For the first time, John Brown's Body was broadcast in England last week. The dramatization of Stephen Vincent Benét's Pulitzer-prize poem filled an hour and a half over the BBC, but it was worth it. Britons heard an...

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