John Brown

THE HISTORY OF JOHN BROWN

John Brown early life

John Brown was born on May 9, 1800, in Torrington, Connecticut on the morning of October 16, 1859, John Brown led 20 men in attacking and seizing a federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Brown planned to use the weapons captured at the arsenal to form “an army of emancipation. ‘’ He believed that under his leadership, slaves would rise up against their masters and liberate their fellow slaves. John brown also believed that he had been sent by god to fight against slavery and that the use of violence in that fight was justified. ( www.grolier.com)

John Brown Fighting Slavery

John Brown Fighting Slavery

Brown had begun fighting slavery in 1837, after an abolitionist friend was killed by a pro-slavery mob. In Kansas Territory in the 1850s, he and his sons were leaders in the bloody struggle against those who wanted to legalize slavery there. ( www.grolier.com)

When He Died

But Brown’s dream of freeing the slaves did not come true. Instead, he was surrounded at Harpers Ferry by local militia and federal troops. Two days after his raid, the troops attacked and recaptured the arsenal. Ten of Brown’s men, including two of his sons, were killed. Brown was arrested. He was tried, found guilty of treason, and hanged on December 2, 1859. “I believe that to have interfered as I have done on behalf of his despised poor,” Brown said during his trial, “I did no wrong, but right.” ( www.grolier.com)

More facts about John Brown :

Brown met with renowned orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass in 1847 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Then, in 1849, Brown moved and settled in the black community of North Elba, New York, which was created on land provided by philanthropist Gerrit Smith. (www.Biography.com)

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