John Brown 's Raid On Harpers Ferry Essay

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John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry

In October 1859, John Brown’s attack on Harpers Ferry affected American culture in a way no other event in the Antebellum period did. The raid divided the country into two sections: the North and South; it was among a numerous significant events happened in the United States. John Brown was a white abolitionist. He was executed on December 2nd, 1859 without fair trial and sentenced to hang. Brown became a legend during the period. He was a God fearing, but violent man and slaveholders saw him as a fanatic, a murderer, and lunatic. To abolitionist like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, he is a courageous, noble, and a hero. Brown is an abolitionist with the goal and purpose for fighting for what was just; however, he is a radical and dangerous extremist.
Brown’s religious belief is different from the mainstream American religious beliefs at the time. Since he was young, Brown left a strong importance of religion and his teaching in the Bible. He believes people should be held accountable for their wrongdoings. He states that the Bible’s Golden Rule forced him to do what he did: “I believe that to have interfered as I have done—in behalf of His despised poor, was not wrong, but right.” (Earle, p.85) The God or the Bible did not tell him to raid the Harpers Ferry; it was his intention to do it because he thought that is what he needs to do. It is insane that he believes that it is right depending on the Bible. “An eye for an eye. ”…

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