John Brown As A Black Man Essay

1249 Words Jan 14th, 2016 5 Pages
As said by Frederick Douglass, “Though a white gentleman, [Brown] is in sympathy a black man, and as deeply interested in our cause, as though his own soul had been pierced with the iron of slavery (Bordewich 65).” Born in 1800, John Brown was a devout Calvinist who grew up in Torrington, Ct. After many failures in his Life, Brown finally had the opportunity to impact history and change the lives of many African Americans. Although he was often perceived as a madman, John Brown was a hero because he challenged society, stood up for what he believed in, and ultimately freed slaves from bondage. Although John Brown used extreme force, his actions were morally justified because the Southerners were violating American fundamental beliefs. According to Zinn’s Obedience and Disobedience, “ There is also justice, meaning the fair treatment of all human beings, the equal right of all people to freedom and prosperity… those treated unjustly may protest, may rebel, may cause disorder ( Zinn 2).” In this quotation, Howard Zinn explains that while some laws are created to benefit the citizens and the commonwealth, others are there to disrupt the society and create chaos. Throughout the article, the overarching question for the reader was what is more important, abiding by all laws, or seeking freedom and justice? To John Brown, the answer was clear, he…

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