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Old 10-15-2009, 11:17 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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150th Anniversary of Historic Raid on Harpers Ferry (http://your4state.com/content/fulltext/?cid=83812 - broken link)
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Poor John Brown. He was so delusional. He actually believed that his raid was going to set off an uprising.
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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150th Anniversary of Historic Raid on Harpers Ferry (http://your4state.com/content/fulltext/?cid=83812 - broken link)
Thanks for posting this. I really wanted to go down there but just couldn't do it financially or schedule-ly.

He wasn't insane, but he was obsessed. Anyway, his words impacted the country enough that he changed history even though his actions failed.
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:40 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Obsessive is almost an understatement when evaluating John Brown's actions. However, his treatment of black people was so far ahead of his time as to be remarkable, even if his actions failed. He addressed blacks as Mr. and Mrs. had them is his home as dinner guests and in every way treated this as absolute equals, something virtually nobody did at that time.
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Poor John Brown. He was so delusional. He actually believed that his raid was going to set off an uprising.
He also stated at his trial that he beleived his execution would go further toward feeing the slaves than anything he could have accomplished with his naive attempt to forment a slave rebellion.

In that he was correct.
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Obsessive is almost an understatement when evaluating John Brown's actions. However, his treatment of black people was so far ahead of his time as to be remarkable, even if his actions failed. He addressed blacks as Mr. and Mrs. had them is his home as dinner guests and in every way treated this as absolute equals, something virtually nobody did at that time.
I'm reading David Reynolds' biography of John Brown. It's pretty comprehensive.
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:46 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Hundreds Walk Historic Route - News- msnbc.com (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33352843/ns/local_news-hagerstown_md/ - broken link)
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:19 AM
 
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John Brown achieved far more in death than he ever could have in life. The interesting thing is that he realized that. He was perfectly willing to be a martyr to the cause of abolition.
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:20 AM
 
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I would have loved to have participated in that... I'm guessing they didn't allow strollers with one-year olds on the trip though...
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Old 10-18-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Why not! I would have gone on my scooter if I had transportation to Harpers Ferry!
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