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I WAS JUST SETTING OUT TO HANG SOME WASH ON THAT morning in early July when the letter came from Pa in Maryland. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mine Eyes Have Seen Aug. 4 2006
It is the summer of 1859, in North Elba, New York. Fifteen-year-old Annie Brown is the spirited young teenage daughter of John Brown, the infamous radical abolitionist and antislavery crusader. Annie is staying in North Elba with her mother, her two younger sisters: thirteen-year-old Sarah and five-year-old Ellen, and her two older brothers Jason and Salmon. The family receives a letter from Annie's father, requesting Annie and her older brother Oliver's seventeen-year-old beloved wife Martha's presence with him and his men in Virginia.

Annie's mother does not want them to go. Ever since John's attack on Kansas a few years ago---an event where John killed many proslavery voters---which later earned the sanguinary nickname "Bloody Kansas," she is frightened that she will lose more members of the family. After all, John Jr. became mentally unstable after being captured by police and dragged through Kansas in chains. After Bloody Kansas, Jason and Salmon adamantly refuse to help their father any longer. His two sons are now dead to him. But nothing can stop Martha from joining her husband Oliver Brown, even risking danger in Virginia. Seeing that she was requested in the letter, Annie feels heartened that her father desires her presence, for she has had a forever alternating love-hate relationship with him ever since she accidentally caused the scalding death of her younger sister Amelia when Annie was three. He has cruelly never forgiven her since then.

But when Martha and Annie head out to Virginia under the aliases as family members of Isaac Smith---John's code name---they discover John has been keeping sixteen men in the Kennedy farm's cabin house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY VERY (etc) FAVORITES! July 1 2003
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This book was a definate GRABBER. Who couldn't love it? Beats me! I learned a whole lot. Well, you probably want to hear the story now, so here it goes: Annie Brown has been called by her father (the famous John Brown) to be the "watchdog" of his little hideout. The deal is, he is planning this raid at Harper's Ferry, to show his views on slavery. So, he is housing about 20 or so men in this house, and Annie is assigned to watch on the porch to see if anyone comes by and finds out. Well, that dreadful raid holds a sadness down on Annie: it threatens to seperate her and her love/fiance, Dauphin Thompson. So, it's really sad. Especially when you hear about the raid results. You are practically depressed yourself when you find out about what happens to Annie's fiance, brothers, and simply the men she grew attached to at the cabin. It's SO sad! Well, that is what makes it even more worth reading. I guarrantee you'll love this, so read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MINE EYES HAVE SEEN May 13 2003
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Mine eyes have seen is a great book.It a young girl named Annie Brown. She is the daughter of the famous John Brown. She goes with her father to the Kennedy farm where they call themselves the Smith's. Annie's father is planning a raid on Harpers fairy.
To show people what slavery is all about.While she is there
her father assignes her to the porch where she is supposed to ward off any suspicise guests.She comes to love the people her father is hiding at the farm.This book is from the point of view of Annie Brown. She was the only person alive to tell the
story off what happened before the raid. You won't want to put this book down you will instantly fall inlove with Annie.This is one of the best books I have ever read. I recomend this book to kids betweem the ages off 11and13.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS EASY!!! May 11 2003
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This is one of the BEST books I've read by Ann Rinaldi. It's about Annie Brown, the famous John Brown's daughter. She is called by her father, to be the "watch dog" on his hideout, where he is holding a great bunch of men ready to hold out a raid on Harper's Ferry. I loved this book so much. You learn way more than you could even begin to imagine! It makes you feel way intelligent, at the amount of information you learn through reading this book. READ IT! I DARE YOU!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great book Jan. 26 2003
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This story is about the daughter of the famous John Brown and her summer she spent being his lookout on the farm he rented in Maryland. John Brown is famous for his fighting against slavery, but sometimes he goes too far. Some of his sons have refused to join him in Maryland after their experiences in his Kansas expedition. But others go along, including Annie and her sister-in-law Martha. Marth cleans the house and cooks while Annie keeps watch on the porch all day, making sure no one passing by becomes aware of the men stashed upstairs in the house. Annie's love Dauphin Thompson comes along with his brother, along with another pair of brothers and some other men. The men become restless over the days, waiting for the raid on Harper's Ferry to happen. As the raid gets pushed back farther and farther, Dauphin pushes Annie away. The ending is sad, but the story awesome. You really should read this book.
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This book is a wonderful book. Not all events are real, but a lot of facts are included, especially in the epilogue, about the Raid. This book really got me interested in John Brown and how he helped get the Civil War in motion. Ann Rinaldi really put a twist on things having their neighbor at Kenedy Farm be a mind-reader/psychic.It's really a great book. If you haven't already read it, I recommend doing so. ^_^
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I thought this book was very interesting. It taught me about one of the glossed over items in history. Rinaldi when through in detail the inner and outer struggles of Annie Brown. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by Anna Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Mine Eyes Have Seen
This book is based on the true story of John Brown and the Harpers Ferry raid in 1859. The book is about Annie Brown, John Browns daughter,and her experiance at the Kennedy... Read more
Published on April 16 2002 by student
4.0 out of 5 stars this book is soo sad!
When I first started to read this book I thought it was a little boring, but as I went on I found it very interesting. Read more
Published on March 10 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Watching and Waiting
The invigorating story of a young 15 year old girl and her legendary father, John Brown. The book takes place in the 1800's when most people are destitute. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Learning Experience
John Brown is an antislavery cursader who is secretly plotting an assult and is waiting for the right time to excecute it. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This :D
This is a great book. one night i was up untill about one o' clock reading it. it is a good "history" book also. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2001 by ~!~Juls~!~
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This :D
This is a great book. one night i was up untill about one o' clock reading it. it is a good "history" book also. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2001 by ~!~Juls~!~
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