John Brown Thesis

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During the 18th and 19th century, slavery divided the country; between Anti-slavery Northerners and pro-slavery Southerners eventually leading to emancipation following the Civil War. Usually, event timeframes and political leaders shine heavily in history books which creates a concentration on the main idea. In the background, are individuals that have a large effect on an event, but hardly ever are mentioned as a contributing factor of an event in history. Unless specifically researching the name, John Brown, few search results, including his name will populate in the topic of slavery in the United States. Even though John Brown hasn’t been included in many big selling books or hosted in speeches, his actions taken against slavery have…show more content…
The Lusk family were neighbors of the Brown family and the two teens were paired together in their chores. Later that year John Brown married Dianthe Lusk with a little encouragement from his father. Unfortunately, Dianthe’s family was plagued with mental illness which affected their two sons John and Frederick. Both boys had infrequent events of insanity and rage. About six years after their marriage, the Brown family moved from Connecticut to Pennsylvania and constructed a leather hide producing tannery of his own. In 1832, Dianthe fell ill and died soon after childbirth. After Dianthe passed away, Brown wrote an emotional letter to his father stating, “’we are again smarting under the rod of our Heavenly Father. Last night about eleven o’clock my affectionate, dutiful and faithful Dianthe bade ‘farewell to Earth.’’” (Reynolds…show more content…
Even by his Northern allies, Brown was judged as having radical thoughts. According to most Northerners, a peaceful resistance was to be maintained towards pro-slavery Southerners. Brown thought of this as an ineffective approach and that violence was the only method of conquering the oppressive South. From a religious point of view, Brown was persuaded by the Old Testament and viewed himself as an instrument of God’s divine wrath in punishing men for the sin of owning slaves (Foner 32). Brown’s radical point of view kept him separated from other anti-slavery and abolitionist groups. Included in Stephen Oates’ biography of John Brown, Oates includes a narrative of the discussion between the New England Anti-Slavery Society meeting and John Brown, “’Talk! Talk! Talk!’ he cried. ‘That will never free the slaves.’ ‘What is needed is action – action.’” (Oates 272) Fed up with the NEASS and their endless discussions of abolishing slavery, Brown began recruiting for a large

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