The Execution of John Brown

The Execution of John Brown

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  • Attempted Rebellion
  • Rise and fight!  Let's break the chains of inequality together!
  • The Slaves' Refusal
  • Are you crazy?!  We gon' die if we fight back.  Thanks, but no thanks
  • Imprisoned for Treason
  • In October, 1859, John Brown, an American abolitionist, plotted a rebellion with the assistance of his five sons.  His plan was to seize the Harpers Ferry Arsenal in Virginia and convince the slaves to rebel against their masters.
  • Execution of John Brown
  • The execution of civil rights activist and traitor John Brown will now commence.
  • Although the siege of the arsenal succeeded, the slaves feared the possibility of their deaths.  They refused to participate in the rebellion.
  • Last Words
  • John Brown's plan had failed.  Slave owners and soldiers, led by Robert E. Lee, killed many of the men who worked with Brown including his five sons.  He was imprisoned.
  • The Gallows
  • John Brown was tried, on October 27, in Charles Town, Virgina, for treason against the commonwealth of Virginia, murder, and attempting a slave rebellion. He was found guilty of all three charges.
  • "I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land can never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done."
  • His last words put on display his belief that the conflict stirring in between the states could not be solved without violence.  He was seen as a martyr in the North due to his bravery and a terrorist in the South.
  • He was hanged on December 2, 1859, at the age of 59, in Charles Town, Virginia.
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