On the anniversary of john brown's raid on harpers ferry, here is a look back at the radical abolitionist and the dramatic events of that day in history on this day october 16, 1859, radical. This article explores the historiographical interpretations surrounding john brown and his raid at harpers ferry was john brown a saint, guerrilla fighter, or domestic terrorist.
Though brown had been a popular topic for many painters, the legend of john brown was the first series to explore his legacy from an african american perspective paintings such as hovenden's the last moments of john brown immortalize an apocryphal story in which a black woman offers the condemned brown her baby to kiss on his way to the gallows.
But even if john brown had been a terrorist, he’d be in good moral company many of the patriots who fought for american independence were terrorists literally: they targeted civilian british loyalists even worse, and far more indiscriminately, than john brown ever did.
Transcript of john brown, hero or terrorist john brown-terrorist or protector of american principle he was a protector of american principle thus, he was a protector of the american principle he helped the runaway slaveslike his father, john brown was a station master he hide runaway slaves. In an age of rising incidents of terrorism, numerous scholars, and more important, much of the general public, have again asked if john brown was america's first terrorist some definitions of terrorism.
Tony horwitz argues that brown was a terrorist and even likens him to khalid sheikh mohammed: few if any americans today would question the justness of john brown's cause: the abolition of human bondage.