Social Studies- John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry

Social Studies- John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry

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  •       Nour Jomaa                  
  • I better start preparing my army and this huge slavery rebellion.
  • I am planning to attack the federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia and seize weapons there by creating my own army with armed slaves taking white southerners hostage.  
  • Are you guys up for that?
  • YES!
  • WOO-HOO!
  • Listen Up Folks, I gathered up some of the best abolitionists right here to become part of my army to rebel against slavery and raid Harpers Ferry in Virginia.
  • WAY TO GO!
  • 1793 Cotton Gin
  • Good Job, Everybody! We successfully raided Harpers Ferry by capturing all their aresenals and proving that slavery is not as strong as it actually is and by beginning a slave rebellion.` 
  • 1820 Missouri Compromise
  • 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • YEAH!
  •   1859
  • 1861 Civil War
  • John Brown, standing in the middle of town, and thinking about his upcoming rebellion while holding a knife and sword.
  • At this point on, a Slave Rebellion Begins.
  • Virginia
  • Harpers Ferry/Road
  • A couple years later, John Brown gathered and offered a group of abolitionists to become a part of his rebelling army in order to raid Harpers Ferry. The group of people accepted and are now a dangerous anti-slavery "army" ready to raid Harpers Ferry together.
  • Everybody must now go to the countryside in order to obtain the slaves and get them to join us in this rebel
  • LET'S DO IT!
  • Hi Folks, Would all of you be willing to come with me and my army in rebelling in slavery together in Harpers Ferry, Virginia?
  • On the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown's raid (Raid on Harpers Ferry/Martyr) began when he and his men captured the arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia, hoping to start a slave rebellion. 
  • December 2, 1859- The Date that John Brown died
  • You are captured with my whole squad of marines for disobeying the law.
  • You killed my army, you psycho!
  • You and your men are sentenced to death because of treason, murder, and conspiracy.
  • I could not die for a better cause.
  • Map of Virginia with Harpers Ferry/Fire Engine House
  • Fire Engine House
  • Following the raid, Brown sent several of his men/abolitionists into the countryside in order to obtain slaves, rescue them, and get them to join him. On the other hand, a numerous amount of enslaved African Americans chose not to come to Harpers Ferry, fearing punishment from their slaveholder if they took part in this.
  • I AGREE!
  • I highly believe we shouldn't do that considering that our slaveholders would punish us or even kill us. 
  • Yes, I'm in! Let's Do It!
  • Following the offer to the slaves, white southerners attacked Brown and his men. As a result, Brown and some followers retreated to a firehouse. The following night, Colonel Robert E. Lee ordered a squad of marines to storm the firehouse. In seconds, the marines captured Brown and his men. Brown was sentenced to death to be hung in court. Many northerners mourned his death while southerners felt threatened by him and his actions. The issue of slavery was still not solved.
  • We, Northerners, lost a great leader/abolitionist. Slavery was wrong after all.
  • We Southerners, thought John Brown's actions were too extreme and felt threatened. We believe that slavery is still okay even after all those risky actions he took. 
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