John Brown: Civil Rights Legend or Homegrown Terrorist?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The road to America’s bloodiest conflict was certainly a long one. But the spark that set the war in motion began on October 16th, 1859. That night, a fierce abolitionist named John Brown staged a bloody raid on the armory at Harper's Ferry. Historians have long cited John Brown's raid as the beginning of the end for slavery in the United States. But little has been known about the man himself, until now.

Tony Horwitzan award-winning author and Civil War expert, tells the story of John Brown in his new book, "Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Road that Sparked the Civil War."

Comments [6]


This sucked! Didnt give any sort of background information and not enough detail of the man.

Oct. 31 2012 01:10 PM
mother of brown

How about a John Brown License Plate?

Oct. 28 2011 12:46 AM
Angel from Miami, FL

Hey! I learned about John Brown's raid from an episode of History Detectives on PBS. The Public Broadcasting System filled that gap left void by my history teacher and cable television.

Now what we can really use is a Ken Burns mini-series on the changing ideologies of American political parties throughout our history. One hopes it will help listener make more educated comments on The Takeaway.

Oct. 27 2011 10:44 AM

Despite the accusations against conservative activists over the years and unlike "progressive" activists who worship violent radicals, John Brown was probably the only domestic terrorist in US history whom the Republican establishment had some sympathy.
The abolition of slavery was a Republican cause while the Democratic Party was largely supportive of slavery and its continuation in the late 1850's.

Oct. 27 2011 09:24 AM
Ed from Larchmont

What a great man: he saw evil, and made no compromise with it. Today we see this in the people fighting abortion: and there will be conflict to end that too, probably.

Oct. 27 2011 08:24 AM
paulb from Brooklyn

Not to take anything away from this writer--Flashman and the Angel of the Lord, the Flashman novel about the Brown raid, is one of the best in the series, which is saying a lot.

Oct. 27 2011 06:58 AM

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