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- Just who was this man that could make southern mobs attack northerners, regardless of their views of slavery and make the fear of slave insurrection strengthen. His name is John brown and one might say that this former slave and black abolitionist just wanted to end slavery by causing violence between the north and the south. But to his men, his only intention was to start a general slave insurrection. For example he went to Harper 's Ferry and raided an armory with the intention of starting an armed slave army.... [tags: American Civil War, Slavery, John Brown]
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- Imagine trying to lead a slave army to fight for the freedom of slaves.You think that would be something heroic, yet, someone got the death sentence by doing so.Although most readers of U.S history have argued that John Brown was courageous,closer examination shows that he was given the death sentence, and charged for treason ,murder,and used conspiracy to lead a slave army, but was therefore a martyr. John brown was an abolitionist. If you were an abolitionist, you wanted to put an end to something,for instance slavery.There was no way you were gonna stop th is man from his dream of ending slavery.... [tags: slave army, slavery, freedom]
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- John Brown became a legend of his time. He was a God fearing, yet violent man and slaveholders saw him as evil, fanatic, a murderer, lunatic, liar, and horse thief. To abolitionists, he was noble and courageous. John Brown was born in 1800 and grew up in the wilderness of Ohio. At seventeen, he left home and soon mastered the arts of farming, tanning, and home building. Along with all the rural arts Brown was skilled at, one of his most conspicuous talents was profuse and painful failure. He made many attempts at work and every one turned into a disappointment.... [tags: essays research papers]
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- How the Actions of Governor Wise and the State of Virginia in the Case of John Brown may be easily Justified. After months of planning, John Brown and his twenty-one “soldiers'; marched into the strategically located town of Harpers Ferry with the goal of starting a slave revolt which would lead to the abolishment of the institution of slavery. Within hours Brown and his followers had taken several hostages, and gained control of the armory, the arsenal, and the engine house. The following days consisted of skirmishes with the towns people and the arrival of the United States Marines.... [tags: essays research papers]
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- He has been called a saint, a fanatic, and a cold-blooded murderer. The debate over his memory, his motives, about the true nature of John Brown, continues to stir passionate debate. It is said that he was the spark that started the Civil War. Truly, he marked the end of compromise over the issue of slavery, and it was not long after his death that John Brown's war became the nation's war. Born in Torrington, Connecticut on May 9, 1800, John Brown was the son of a man extremely opposed to slavery.... [tags: essays research papers]
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Brown received little formal education and followed in his father's occupation as a tanner of leather. Like so many New Englanders of that time Lured westward, pursued the tanning business first in western Pennsylvania and then in Ohio. But unsuccessfully land speculations and the hard times following the Panic of 1837 drove him into bankruptcy in 1842. He then became a wool dealer but faced ruin again in 1849 when his attempt to cut out the usual middlemen and make a direct sale of 200,000 pounds of American wool to buyers in England resulted in a huge loss. This kind of risk taking was normal for a business man. Brown may be unluckier than some others, but the notion that his antislavery zeal was somehow a compensation for business failure makes little sense. John Brown is a lightning rod of history. Yet he is poorly understood and most commonly described in stereotypes - as enigma. During his childhood years he moved to Hudson with his parents. Over there his abhorrence of slavery became even stronger. Personally witnessing the abuse of a young black slave, he said to have pledged "to wage an eternal war against slavery." He took his pledge seriously, very seriously, and actively fought for this cause throughout his entire life. While living in Hudson, John Brown married his first wife, and began raising a family. He was married again later in life, and in all he fathered twenty children, twelve surviving past childhood. He ingrained all his children with his fierce anti-slavery passion. There was never much money in the Brown households. He and his family raised some of their food, and they kept sheep. John provided meager incomes by dressing out leather and land surveying. But his focus was always on the abolition of slavery.
As early as 1834, when his tannery was doing well, Brown proposed to raise a black boy in his own family as an experiment to show slaveholders that race was no obstacle to the building of character. He also considered opening a school for black children. In 1835 he was organizing similar groups back in Ohio. Later on, he did the same in Massachusetts. His belief was that the more groups like this he could organize, the sooner the slave states would have to recognize the trend and adopt emancipation. He traveled to Virginia, and planned colonies for black people there on tracts of land owned by Oberlin College. Then in 1848, he headed to North Elba in New York, where Gerrit Smith had set aside 100,000 acres of northern land to be used by black people who wanted to clear the land and set up small farms. Brown actually purchased some of this land himself so that he could be there to work with the homesteaders. All during these years, John Brown relied heavily on the backing of his own large family, who tended the farm and provided financial and physical assistance to him. But soon John Brown had become widely known in abolitionist circles, and he began receiving contributions from his supporters. This support enabled John Brown to travel more frequently organizing resistance to slavery. A person who didn't agree with him is Mahala Doyle, who sends a letter to him at jail saying. It also freed some of his family members to spend more time on their mission to end slavery. In the 1850's, as states were lining up as "free" states vs. "slave" states, the territory of Kansas was ripe for admission to the Union. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 stipulated that Kansas could vote to declare itself a free state or not. Of course, there were those who wanted Kansas to join as "free" and those who wanted to see the territory declare itself a "slave" state. Many people saw Kansas as a pivotal battleground on the issue. So, people from both persuasions began moving into the territory to bolster the numbers on their preferred side. Five of John Brown's sons moved to Kansas to swell the anti-slavery ranks. John Brown soon followed. The issue was so divisive that militants on both sides began campaigns of violence and retaliation. Bloody battles followed, and John Brown continued to rise in national prominence even as his own views became increasingly militant.
Brown began thinking seriously of a plan to create a fugitive slave colony, perhaps somewhere in the mountains of Virginia or Maryland. He envisioned a colony that was well-armed, able to defend itself in the event of an attack. He also thought that if he could establish such a base, then more and more fugitive slaves would join, and further weaken the slaveholders' positions. There were many abolitionists who disagreed with Brown's rising militancy, and there were those who began to question his grip on rational thinking. But John Brown persevered. He began accumulating arms, and assembling recruits. The United States had a military arsenal at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. John Brown developed a plan to capture the arsenal, and late on October 16, 1859, he and his band of recruits, including two of his sons, put their plan into action. They assaulted the arsenal, but were never able to go any further. Local citizens of Harper's Ferry were also armed, and they attacked Brown's army, killing several of his men and surrounding the rest. By the next evening, Colonel Robert E. Lee led an army from Washington to Harper's Ferry, and ended the ordeal. John Brown was wounded, and both his sons were killed. John Brown went to trial, and was sentenced to die. He was hanged at Charleston, West Virginia on December 2, 1859.
During John Brown's life he had supporters and distracters, and the same is true of authors who have tried to portray his life. He has people who were against him like the Southern Democrat (John Breckenridge). "There was also Mahala Doyle and Frances Ellen Watkins who didn't agree with him" (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/brown/filmmore/reference/primary/). Some vilify the man as a raving mad man; others cast him in a golden glow. The truth probably lies somewhere in between.