• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

John Browns Reign of Terrorism John Brown was an American Abolitionist who promoted and supported armed conflict in order to end all slavery.

Extracts from this document...


John Brown's Reign of Terrorism John Brown was an American Abolitionist who promoted and supported armed conflict in order to end all slavery. John brown witnessed the brutal beating of an African American slave at a young age; therefore he quickly grasped the idea that slavery in America was unjustified and prejudice. He understood the struggles that slaves were faced with, and the vicious tactics owners used to discipline them. He would do anything in order to reach closer to his goal of a completely free nation as a whole. Some people may argue that Brown was both a martyr and a terrorist, however his actions specified him as only one. Although John Brown dedicated his life to end slavery, his motives and aggressive methods placed him as a terrorist in the eyes of many Americans. Born in Connecticut and raised in Ohio, John Brown was brought up in a family where racial superiority did not exist. His Calvinist parents taught him and his 7 siblings that people were all created equal. ...read more.


Brown committed crimes against the innocent, characterizing him as a terrorist. (John Brown's Holy War) When Brown noticed slavery growing radically stronger in the late 1850's he felt he must take action. In 1859 John Brown led the raid on Harpers Ferry. This raid led to the national understanding on the issues of slavery, yet it also caused the death of many. Brown planned to attack the U.S Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. This was his failed attempt to begin an armed anti-slavery revolt by conquering the Arsenal. This attack led to death of ten of his men, including two of his sons and himself. When caught and tried in a court of law he was sentenced to death. The event that occurred on October 16 was unnecessary, he held hostages obtained guns, and a small army. John Brown approached the situation in all the wrong ways, and because of his absentmindedness, the lives of many including his own blood were lost. ...read more.


"I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood."(Brown). John Brown stated that he couldn't end the crimes committed by pro-slavery men without committing crimes of his own, proving he was a terrorist in his own mind-set. John Brown was hanged on December 2, 1859, the abolitionist John Brown was hung in Charlestown, Virginia for the crime of treason. John Brown was also accused of murdering five pro-slavery settlers.(The American Experience) John Brown showed specific traits which distinguished him as a tyrant. He endangered the lives of others on his journey to free slaves and committed crimes in order to abolish slavery. His dedication as a white abolitionist led to such events as The Pottawatomie Creek Massacre and The Raid on Harpers Ferry. The motives John Brown had in order to abolish slavery were aggressive and dangerous. . Brown did not allow anything to come between him and his goal, and this ultimately worked as a disadvantage. His stubborn ideas and cruel intentions categorized him as a historical terrorist, who deserved to die. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 essays

  1. The abolition of slavery 1833.

    In 1791 they rebelled by killing the Plantation owners and set fire to the sugar crops. Britain tried to control the situation with the help of France but a slave revolution, led by Toussant L 'Ouverture defeated them. This made the British see how badly the slaves wanted freedom.

  2. Describe the methods used by the Abolitionist movement in their campaign against slavery in ...

    It was a huge success, translated into 37 different languages, made into a stage production - and most importantly drew the public's eyes to the slavery problem. However, her book was not totally fact. Actually, she had never visited a cotton plantation , but just used abolitionist literature and her own imagination.

  1. Our Endangered Values

    He himself had thirteen virtues to which he developed when he was only twenty which make sense. Ben Franklin though that civil service was very important. Civil service was a requirement to be a gentleman. Being able not to work was a big portion and a gentleman would have to control his private passions.

  2. To what extent did the American Civil War succeed in removing the two main ...

    issue, and have given renewed emphasis to slavery as the cause of the conflict. Despite these different interpretations, it was both the multi-faceted nature of sectionalism and slavery, which caused the Civil War. According to law, slavery was removed after the American Civil War with the Emancipation Proclamation of September

  1. North American History

    (Douglas, quoting Lincoln), he also encouraged certain division and differentiated whites from blacks when he said "...I am not nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way, the social and political equality of the white and black races..."

  2. It is hard to pinpoint the exact beginnings of slavery in the United States. ...

    This paradox caused an internal conflict for the slaves too; they had to be seen as subservient, apolitical, willing to work in order to survive, but at the same time these attributes meant an acceptance of their situation, the denial of a proper life.

  1. Examine the life styles and views that slaves possessed during slavery and what life ...

    The following illustrates the feelings that Linda, the young slave girl, had for her mistress "As I saw the cheek grow paler, and the eye more glassy, how earnestly I prayed that she might live! I loved her; for she had been like a mother to me."1 Linda's life would

  2. Who killed John F. Kennedy?

    Especially because of JFK?s failure to support the Cuban Brigade during the ill-fated invasion at the Bay of Pigs could clearly have alienated the exiles to go against and revenge President Kennedy under the courageous guidance of the CIA. Considering that it can be concluded that the CIA had the enough opportunity for such an audacious attack.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work