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Nunez 1 Xinthy Nunez HIS 131 Instructor Fickling July 28, 2020 John Brown, Freedom Fighter or Terrorist? John Brown was an abolitionist and leader of the antislavery uprising at Harpers Ferry. After the raid at Harpers Ferry, many people took sides debating whether or not John brown’s reasoning to start the raid was to end slavery or because he was a terrorist. I believe Brown was a freedom fighter and not a terrorist. When Brown was a boy working with his father, he witnessed a young slave, same age as him, get badly beaten. This awaken the hatred toward slavery in himself that later grew into the Raid at the Harpers Ferry. He spent many decades helping fugitives slaves runaway through the underground railroad. After the death of Elijah P. Loveboy, a newspaper editor, it burnt a fire in Brown. This was the beginning of him wanting more than just helping slaves escape, but to actually end slavery. Even though the raid at Harpers Ferry ended tragically, Brown had good intentions. He knew the only way to make an actual impact was to use violence in the fight to end slavery. Some people believed Brown used slavery as an excuse to use violence, but I strongly disagree. In my opinion, it is very difficult for a father to willingly risk his own sons’ lives if they wanted to just terrorize the town of Harpers Ferry. According to the article, “John Brown’s Raid of Harpers Ferry”, Brown lost 2 of his sons at the raid due to the gun battle. The raid might have no be executed as planned, but Brown tried to not use unnecessary forces while holding people hostage. Instead of shooting everyone they ran into, he had slaves tie them up and keep watch while they traveled to Blue Bridge Mountains. Unfortunately, while trying to wave the white

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