Advanced Placement American History
5 April, 2015
John Brown, a radical abolitionist went to Harpers Ferry with a few other abolitionists with one goal in mind, get the slaves free through having them join in rebellion. There mission was a failure and was believed by most northerners to be extremely radical. Yet by the time of
1863 they all became martyrs and heroes for antislavery. John Browns actions though radical eventually became reason for slaves to fight for freedom. John Brown, though his raid on
Harpers Ferry had failed, was eventually declared a hero and a martyr for his actions among many northerners, albeit the same people originally believed the act to be too radical.
John Browns raid ended with disastrous results, and branded him as an extreme radical for his actions. The raid on Harpers Ferry was meant to rally the slaves against their owners and to spark rebellion in the slave community. All but the most radical of northerners saw the attempt with much disdain but they felt as though that his heart was in the right place but his actions on the other hand were not as right as would be other means. John Brown though he believed that his actions would spark the rebellion that he sought to start failed he managed to later become an example for abolitionists through his sacrifice to free the slaves. John Brown though proved an example to his fellow abolitionists like Frederick Douglass who stated that it was an honor to know him while others called the man a fanatic albeit not a felon. As time went on though he became more of a model and a hero even receiving a tune in his tribute that would
be the abolitionists rising call to battle for slave freedom. Others would describe his actions as a courageous act of sacrifice. John Brown’s fellow abolitionists like Frederick Douglass would later would regard him with high respect for his actions as his sacrifice made