John stauffer and zoe trodd have assembled an impressive and wide-ranging collection of responses to brown's raid: brown's own words, northern and southern reactions, international commentary, and reflections from the civil war and reconstruction era represented here are all the figures one would expect to see. Author: evan carton title: john brown's raid it is difficult to imagine that slavery would have ceased to exist in the united states as quickly as it did without john brown. The tribunal: responses to john brown and the harpers ferry raid (the john harvard library) [john stauffer, zoe trodd] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers when john brown led twenty-one men in an attack on the federal arsenal at harpers ferry on october 16, 1859. John brown's raid on harper's ferry was an effort by armed abolitionist john brown to initiate an armed slave revolt in 1859 by taking over a united states arsenal at harpers ferry, virginia brown's party of 22 was defeated by a company of us marines, led by first lieutenant israel greene colonel robert e lee was in. Of brown's life, his infamous raid on harper's ferry on the eve of the us civil war, and his intent to ignite a slave revolt that would spread throughout the southern states this essay will explore the evolution of brown's cultural identity by examining critical moments in its development these moments include the responses. John brown was active in the abolition movement for decades before the civil war, and had earned a notorious reputation for his antislavery activities in kansas during the 1850s but he is best known to history for his raid on the federal arsenal at harpers ferry and his abortive attempt to spark a slave uprising, an event that.
But he was most certainly not a pacifist he welcomed the civil war as the best means to end slavery and helped two of his sons enlist in the union army douglass was also a longtime confidant and admirer of john brown, and well after the lethal harpers ferry raid in october 1859, douglass continued to. Re-evaluating john brown's raid at harpers ferry by karen whitman volume 34, number 1 (october 1972), pp 46-84 introduction on the evening of october 16, 1859, john brown and twenty- one other men launched an attack on the federal arsenal at harpers ferry,1 the beginning of a long-range plan to destroy. John brown rode from the jail to the gallows on top of his own coffin, which was hauled in a “criminal's wagon” drawn by two white horses it was just before 11 am on dec 2, 1859, in charles town, va, now part of west virginia brown, the fierce abolitionist who had led an armed insurrection against.
In 1859, john brown, a settler from kansas territory, invaded the state of virginia with plans to raid the harpers ferry arsenal and incite a slave rebellion among his small band of insurgents were several young men who had also carried out vigilante violence in kansas in hopes of abolishing slavery in that territory the raid. The portent: john brown's raid in american memory introduction[[nid:695]]john brown remains one of the most controversial figures in our history to destroy the institution of slavery, he firmly believed there was only one possible course of action he saw what he thought was the ultimate wrong and tried in the only way he.
John brown, the man who led the 1859 raid on harpers ferry, va, may be among the most polarizing figures in american history to some, he's a traitor and terrorist to others, he's a hero tony horwitz discusses his book midnight rising: john brown and the raid that sparked the civil war. John brown was a man of action -- a man who would not be deterred from his mission of abolishing slavery on october 16, 1859, he led 21 men on a raid of the federal arsenal at harpers ferry, virginia his plan to arm slaves with the weapons he and his men seized from the arsenal was thwarted, however, by local.