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.
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.
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.