The Resource Brown family papers, 1872-1919
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- The Brown Family papers, 1872-1919, consists of three folders of materials, containing 32 items, pertaining to the Brown Family of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Also included are photographs, printing blocks, and a typescript copy of Johannes Braun's "Treatise on slavery and serfdom," (1818)
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- John Brown (Johannes Braun), 1771-1850, was one of the most highly educated clergymen of his time in western Virginia. Born near Bremen, Germany, he came to the United States in 1797, becoming the leading minister of the German Reformed Church in Virginia. Besides his "Treatise" (published by Laurenz Wartmann of Rockingham County), he translated excerpts from Thomas Jefferson on slavery, and was influential in the Rockingham County pauper school system, the forerunner of today's public school system in that county.
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