John Brown - To Define a Man Such as John Brown Tiffany Myers Professor Russo English 202B To Define a Man Such as John Brown It has been over one

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To Define a Man Such as John BrownTiffany MyersProfessor RussoEnglish 202BApril 30, 2013To Define a Man Such as John BrownIt has been over one hundred and fifty years since John Brown and his army oftwenty men swooped into Harpers Ferry, trying to execute their plan that wasplotted in secret and launched in the dark. Since those fateful two days and thefollowing executions many have posed the question: how should they rememberJohn Brown? Was he a bloodthirsty zealot, a vigilante, a terrorist, or a madman?Or was he one of the great heroes of American history, a freedom fighter andmartyr to the cause of human liberty? Or was he a prophet foretelling what wasto befall the nation? Many people have since stated their opinions, such asThoreau who calls John Brown a Christ figure, yet we still debate this topic andhave no one clear definite answer. After reading some of the information aboutJohn Brown I believe him to be a combination of terrorist, martyr, and prophet.Not only does he fulfill the definitions of each label, but there are many examplesto support them as well. John Brown was a man who willingly met death andsacrificed himself for his belief in ending slavery. He was also a man not afraid oreasily cowed by the use of violence to bring about political change.A terrorist is a person who uses violence and intimidation in the pursuit of politicalaims(“terrorist” def. 1) John Brown uses violence multiple times in his pursuit toend slavery. Not only did he use it at Harper’s Ferry, but also at Pottawatomie. In
his campaign to keep Kansas an anti- slave state “[Brown] leading four of hissons and three others to a proslavery settlement at nearby Pottawatomie creek,Brown’s men dragged five settlers from their cabins and split open their headswith broadswords,” brutally killings these men as a blatant act of violence(Boyer121). This was the first act of violence committed by Brown on his mission todecimate slavery and proved he was not afraid to kill for his cause.John Brown’s raid on the quaint town of Harpers Ferry was in itself an act ofterrorism. Brown’s “attempted insurrection, struck fear into the hearts of outragedSoutherners, who had long warned that abolitionist would attempt to incite a

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