The King Of Slavery: Summary Of John Brown

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“Caution, Sir! I am eternally tired of hearing that word caution. It is nothing but the word of cowardice!”
John Brown
John Brown is a fervent abolitionist who seizes the arsenal at the Harpers Ferry, planning to start a slave revolt. On the night of October 16, 1859, he leads 21 men to the arsenal and does an act of violence. He brutally kills many innocent people just because they are in his way. Although John Brown tries to end slavery, which is a good deed, he does use violence, and murder people who are innocent; therefore, John Brown is guilty of murder, treason, and insurrections.

John Brown not only starts a very violent insurrection, almost like a war. He also brutally murders people who are just in his way. Insurrection means a violent uprising against authority. John Brown does choose a way of violence in a Harpers Ferry authority and the town itself, which is basically an insurrection. In “1854, Brown had been thinking, and talking, about an organized war against slavery in Virginia. His focus, from the beginning, seems to have been on Harpers Ferry, the site of a federal arsenal and armory” (Finkleman 5). He leads 21 men to the Harpers Ferry and made them destroy authorities like houses. As soon as he starts the raid, he brutally kills many people there. “While in the Harpers Ferry, the raiders killed a railroad baggage handler, who ‘ironically’ was a free black, when he refused their orders to halt. In a firefight they killed a few townsmen, including the
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