Radical Abolitionist Movement

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During the eighteenth century, the opposition to slavery prior to forming the United States became increasingly stronger between the Northern and Southern territories. Prior to the 1830s, antislavery societies began to emerge from every corner to challenge the slave system and to help combat slavery. During this time, people had different ideas about how to confront the issue of slavery in the system to help establish freedom of oppression. In the eighteenth century, many antislavery political activists believed the slave system was able to be changed through peaceful political reforms, while others felt that real change could only be achieved only through violence. A radical white abolitionist named John Brown became a historical figure whose…show more content…
Political ideology during the movement called for an end to slavery but many political activists became impatient of the use of regular reforms which didn’t guarantee actual change. Such activists have shown to take an initiative to take on leadership roles to combat their masters, people who oppressed them, and to protect their neighbors. However, many of those figures became known as radicals based on their actions throughout history. A talented slave preacher known as Nat Turner, lead one of the largest rebellions of slaves against the slave system, which later resulted in the death of 58 white people. After the rebellion passed and Nat Turner was later executed, the event inflicted fear on their oppressors in the South. Governor John B. Floyd of Virginia, made a statement that cast the abolitionists in a negative light to describe the uprising be led by so called “unrestrained fanatics.” Based on the available historical literature and evaluations from historians discusses the one sided perspective of the abolitionist crusade. According to different studies on the subject, hardly any recognition was given to give credit to the results African American’s and their role in shaping the course of American history. the history of However, the radical abolitionist John Brown believed…show more content…
In 1842, John Brown led an assault with a weapon against an Ohio sheriff. also negative debate from his previous actions sought to take matters into his own hands. Based on his actions, John Brown was portrayed as a martyr in the North and as a terrorist in the South. Despite the events that took place before Harpers Ferry. After the n the He was a fifty-nine years old when he was executed by the state of Virginia for treason, partnering with African Americans, and for attempted murder. In order to debate whether John Brown was a terrorist, it is important to evaluate its meaning. The term “terrorism” is defined as the use to inflict violence and intimidation in order to achieve political, religious, or ideological aim. According to the apologists view, the actions that lead up to terrorist acts are merely situational. Terrorism is not only a tactic to inflict fear in other people but it also includes the intentional hatred against another. While John Brown was not a representative for all abolitionists, he defied slavery through acts that could be defined as
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