John Brown And Terrorism Essay

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Terrorism. There is no specific definition of terrorism. Instead, people stereotype or place people and groups into the category of terrorism. Some have even placed John Brown into this category. Why? Maybe it is because they feared John Brown. Who knows the true reason why? However, as there is no “set in stone” definition of terrorism, and John Brown was not trying to create fear like most terrorist, I think of him as a freedom fighter. Now, some may argue the fact that John Brown is indeed a terrorist because he murdered many people, just as a terrorist would. Though he did murdered many people, this does not instantly make him terrorist. It was not his intentions to kill, as many people as possible, like some terrorist’s intention. All he wanted was to end slavery, and imagine what it would be like if he did not start the rebellion against slavery. Therefore, just because John Brown murdered many civilians, does not ultimately make him a terrorist. Others may argue the fact that terrorist act out because it is their religion. John Brown sprung to action because he felt that God wanted him to; which means he did it for his religion. As it was John Brown’s religion, Calvinist Christian, his goal was not to kill, as many people as possible, like…show more content…
Well, the only main reasons I think people would argue the fact that he was a terrorist, I explained above. John Brown never wanted people to fear him. All he wanted was to create equality, and without his attack on Pottawatomie Creek and Harpers Ferry, there may have been equality between races, for all we know. At least it would not have occurred as fast. Speaking in that matter, why should we think of John Brown as a terrorist? There is no specific definition of terrorism. Nor was he trying to create any element of fear to society. Therefor I think of John Brown as a Freedom
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