John Brown: Abolitionist, Martyr, Legend


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  • John Brown
  • What we need is action- action! We must go to Kansas and punish the slave owners for the sacking of Lawrence!
  • After arriving in Kansas, Brown killed 5 pro-slavery settlers in an event known as the Pottawatomie Massacre.
  • Did you honestly think you'd get off the hook? After you pro-slave settlers sacked Lawrence? No chance
  • Kansas was just the start, we must liberate the slave from his chains by going to the heart of slavery itself, the South.
  • On October 16, he and his followers captured a US arsenal at Harper's ferry in order to inspire slaves to revolt and uprise against their masters...
  • Now that we've captured this arsenal, slaves will finally rise against their masters!
  • ...but the slave uprising never came to pass, and Brown and his followers were besieged by citizens, US troops belonging to Robert E. Lee, and local miltia companies. After surrendering, Brown was sentenced to death
  • I sentence the defendant, John Brown, to death
  • In the North, Brown became a martyr, killed by the same savage system that had legalized slavery. In the South, Brown became the embodiment of abolitionist fear, and it was theorized that the Republican Party had supported his activities in the South. The differing opinions on Brown and his deeds would cause further divide between North and South
  • John Brown was a true American hero!
  • He was nothing more than a killer!
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