John Brown And He Was A Man Of Faith Essay

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Who was John Brown and if he was a man of faith, how could he have been a leader in the taking of innocent lives? This is a question that has baffled the minds of many scholars and historians since that October day in Harpers Ferry in 1859. Was what John Brown organized and executed right or wrong? These are difficult questions to answer about a man who felt so strongly about his convictions about slavery and the God whom he served. John Brown was committed to the abolition of slavery at a young age and believed his faith shaped his views and allowed for what he would finally do.
John Brown was the fourth of eight children born to Owen and Ruth (Mills) Brown. He was born on May 9, 1800, in Torrington, Connecticut. “Religious devotion was intense on both sides of the family. John Brown was related on his father’s side to the Reverend Nathan Brown… and on his mother’s to the well-known Reverend Luther Humphrey and the Reverend Dr. Herman Humphery” (Reynolds 20). The faith of his family had a big part in shaping the views he had on the issue of slavery for his father was an abolitionist himself at a young age. When John was five, his father moved the family to Ohio, “then a wilderness filled with wild beasts, & Indians” (Sanborn 12).
During the War of 1812, John at age twelve drove beef cattle 100 miles by himself to supply food for the troops. This exposure to war disgusted him so much so that he would pay fines rather than “train, or drill” (Sanborn 14). It was on this…

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