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Old 12-30-2009, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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terrorism is terrorism. Let's not glorify the nut.
I am fascinated by him, but I don't glorify him. He was a murderer, after all, even before Harper's Ferry.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:54 AM
 
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I am fascinated by him, but I don't glorify him. He was a murderer, after all, even before Harper's Ferry.
Many of us would agree with John Brown in principle, but not in method. He was no Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, or Nelson Mandela. Abraham Lincoln's description of him as a "misguided fanatic" is probably an apt one. His actions as a firebrand stirred emotions to a fever pitch and likely provided the spark for the Civil War.

BTW, there is a John Brown wax museum at Harper's Ferry and the link is as follows:

Welcome to the John Brown Wax Museum
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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Brown was marginally sane at best. He was unhinged by deaths in his family tied to the conflict over slavery. His idea of a slave rebellion would have led to horrific loss of life for no gains for the slaves. Indeed, it would have been far worse for them as it was after the turner revolt.
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Old 10-14-2014, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Maryland about 20 miles NW of DC
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[quote=Fred314X;11213052]Poor John Brown. He was so delusional. He actually believed that his raid was going to set off an uprising.[/quote

John Brown's raid on the Federal Arsenal at Harper's Ferry was like kicking a small stone and seeing a landslide happen because the conditions by the late 1850s were getting to the point that something bad was going to happen and the election of 1860 was only a year or so in the future.
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