John Brown's Raid On Harper Ferry Analysis

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John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry was marked as one of the most important event that happen in the United States’ history. The event lead to the most memorable war of all time, the Civil War. In a book by Jonathan Earle, “John Brown’s Raid on Harper Ferry,” tells the story of John Brown and his journey from birth to his trial. Throughout history, many historians wonder if what Brown did was a correct decision. Is he a murderer? Is he a patriot? Is he a dedicated soldier? Or is he mentally ill? What drove him to made such decision? Almost all individuals want to know the answers, but no one knows for sure. Brown can be a murderer, a terrorist, or a patriot, but what he did has led to a war that free all slaves; therefore, John Brown can be …show more content…
John Brown’s intention was good; however, he executed his plan in a horrible way. Due to that, individuals may believe that he is insane and a murderer. He went through months of preparing and one impatient move made him go to trial. John Brown believes that what he did is not wrong; he is fighting for something that he feels strongly against. He believes that “the only way to defeat the slaveholders who controlled the U.S. government… was to form guerilla bands and fight” (Earle, p. 44). Brown is calling for people to fight and join forces with him to defeat the slaveholders’ government that is controlling every activity in the government. With that, one can clearly see that Brown is trying to fight for the slaves and be their …show more content…
He is killing innocent people and breaking families apart. However, what he did is for a specific purpose, and one purpose only; he wants to free the slaves from their owners and he sympathize “with the oppressed and the wronged” (Earle, p. 80). Furthermore, in his eyes everyone is equal, no one is higher than another or no one is better than another. Brown means no harm to anyone that are innocent, he is trying to fight for the sake of others. According to John Brown in an interview with Senator James Mason on October 18, 1859, he claims, “we did kill men in defending ourselves… Our orders were strict not to harm any one not in arms against us” (Earle, p. 84). With all the death that are happening during the raid on Harpers Ferry, Brown is only trying to protect his men and himself from getting kill. What is so wrong about

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