Brown's attack on Harper's Ferry affected American culture more than can ever be understood. Tension between the North and South was building in the 1850's. Slavery among many other things was dividing the country into two sections. Brown was executed on December 2, 1859 for his murderous out-lash on society. Was his mind so twisted and demented that he would commit cold-blooded murder? The answer is no. John Brown was a man with a goal and a purpose. When he said that abolition could not be achieved without blood he was right. It is one of histories great ironies; John Brown's struggle preceded the Civil War by only 17 months. Thousands of people were killed in the Civil War, yet John Brown is still looked on as a criminal. He was not a criminal but a hero, fighting for what was right. He was a man ahead of his time.
John Brown was a key person in slave history. He planned on overthrowing slavery in the south. Brown and his followers invaded harpers ferry Virginia in October 1859. Brown and his followers ended up killing people during the raid. Brown was captured and was charged with treason. Brown and his men succeed by rising the emotions of the people who supported slavery and who opposed slavery. Brown and two of his followers where found guilt and hanged. Northerners mourned the death of John brown while the southerners were upset by the way the northerners ma...
...e Massacre, hatched a plan designed to create an uprising of slaves against their masters. Brown led twenty men, and took over an arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Brown failed to spread the word of his plan to the slave population, and the siege turned into a standoff. Eventually, half of Browns men were killed, and Brown with the rest of his group were captured. Brown was quickly tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for treason. Despite the colossal failure of his plan, Brown helped his cause when by becoming a martyr in the abolitionist movement.
In 1859, John Brown and nineteen other men seized a federal armory at Harpers Ferry in an attempt to start a slave rebellion. He was seen as a madman by the North and South, but by 1863, the South was the only region to still hold that idea. Although the North hung John Brown, he became their hero and they began to openly embrace his thinking. The rapid change of views on slavery from the North affected their relationship with the South exponentially. Between 1859 and 1863, the way the North and South viewed John Brown made the differences in their values and beliefs apparent.
An ordinary person who accomplished extraordinary things is someone who comes from humble beginnings, isn’t expected to achieve much in life, and doesn’t seem particularly special at first glance, and yet rises above and beyond expectations to impact the world around them. John Brown was one of many to rise up from ordinary to extraordinary during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a time when tension was rising in the United States as a rivalry started within the country itself. John Brown came from humble beginnings as a tanner’s son in Connecticut, and his family was not particularly wealthy (Iger 15). Yet, regardless of who he was and in spite of his many faults, his name went down in history as being one of the leading causes of the start of the US civil war. He was born and raised an ordinary human being just like anyone else, nevertheless he rose above and beyond the time period’s social restrictions and made an impact on society. Much of what was going on in American society was dedicated to the power struggle between the North and South during this historical time period. The North was becoming increasingly antislavery. Northerners were more willing to take action to have mostly free states in the country. The South’s support for slavery had never been stronger. They wanted more slave states, and they were growing anxious and defensive as the North was becoming more dauntless and rambunctious. John Brown was one of many to take a side. Born in Connecticut, he grew up to be a radical abolitionist who performed extremist actions against slavery, not caring who or what was in his way. In all of his life endeavors, he always seemed to be violent and rash rather than calm and reasonable, and his life as an abolitionist was n...
John Brown, a abolitionist, believed that the use of violence was necessary to end slavery unlike most pacifist abolitionists. Brown resorted to violence on several occasions in his mission to destroy slavery. He organized a small army of slavery opposers, which included many of his family members and relatives to carry out his mission. For instance, Brown and his men attacked the pro-slavery settlers in Pottawatomie Creek during the "Bleeding Kansas" period of violent tension between anti-slavery free staters and slavery supporters. Brown and his men murdered five pro-slavery settlers in Pottawatomie Creek. Brown and his small army also attacked the federal armory in 1859 at Harpers Ferry in Virginia, and took control of the armory. Brown
1) On October 1859, John Brown’s attack on Harpers Ferry affected American culture in a way no other event in the Antebellum period did. The raid divided the country into two sections: the North and South; it was one of a great significant events happened in the United States. John Brown was a white abolitionist. He was executed on December 2nd, 1859 without fair trial and sentenced to hang. Brown became a legend during the period. He was a God fearing, but violent man and slaveholders saw him as fanatic, a murderer, and lunatic. To abolitionist like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, he is a courageous, noble, and a hero. Brown is an abolitionist with goal and purpose for fighting for what was right; however, he is a radical and dangerous extremist.
In contrast, Scott John Hammond gives attention to Brown’s mental health and seeks to understand the reasons behind his actions in a positive manner. Hammond discusses the intentions to combat slavery were founded on American principles and his actions were claimed to be justified by God. According to Hammond, Brown was hardly cast as a terrorist but mainly a martyr. He claims that the literature
John Brown was born on May 9, 1800 in Torrington Connecticut. When he was about five years old, his father moved the family to Hudson Ohio. There, John was filled with the heavy anti-slavery sentiment that was present in that area. This, combined with personal observations of the maltreatment of blacks and the influence of Calvinism, started John Brown on his crusade to abolish slavery. While still living in Hudson he married Dianthe Lusk and began to raise a large family. To support his family he worked as a farmer, tanner, and surveyor. In 1849, John Brown moved with his second wife Mary Ann Day, and their seven children to North Elba. He planned to aid the free blacks living in Garrit Smith’s colony, dubbed “Timbucto';, adjust to the hardships of farming in the Adirondacks. After realizing the impossibility of this task, John left, and followed the abolitionist movement to Kansas where five of his sons were already stationed. Here in Kansas, Brown continually struggled to become financially secure, but gained “a reputation as a ferocious opponent of slavery'; (John Brown’s Raid). This reputation was greatly enhanced when Brown and his sons led a brutal mission against the proslavery population, which resulted in five innocent proslavery settlers being mutilated and murdered. After staying in Kansas for a while longer, Brown returned to the North where he gave many speeches and fund raising meetings based on the abolishment of slavery.
John Brown was a white abolitionist who wanted to start an armed slave revolt in 1859 by taking over a US arsenal at Harpers Ferry. He wanted to recruit black slaves, freed slaves and fugitive slaves for the raid against the south. There were many people who told him he was a dead man or that he couldn't do it but John Brown thought he could, therefore moved onto the next person for recruiting. There was an anonymous letter sent by David J. Gue of Springdale, Iowa, his brother and someone else trying to warn the government about the raid John Brown was planning to Secretary of War John B Floyd but they didn't believe them. This caused President Buchanan to send out a reward for John Browns capture but not the right one. When the time came to begin the raid John Brown left four people behind to act as a rear guard at the K...
issue of slavery, and it was not long after his death that John Brown's war
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.
Horwitz, Tony. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. New York: Henry Holt and, 2011. Print.