John Brown Today

"God's Angry Men" Revisited

April 04, 2021 Louis DeCaro Jr. Season 2 Episode 7
John Brown Today
"God's Angry Men" Revisited
Show Notes

In this episode, Lou discusses the historical and cultural context of Charles Sheldon's 1910 poem, "God's Angry Men," which compares the biblical liberator Moses with John Brown. Opening with a reading of the poem by actor Norman Marshall, Lou revisits Sheldon as a clergyman in the "social gospel" tradition, and also features a couple rare vignettes of John Brown getting quite angry, and then traces the theme into the 20th century, featuring another so-called "angry man."