John Brown Essay

714 Words May 2nd, 2013 3 Pages
John Brown as a "Martyr”
A martyr is defined as a person who is put to death or endures great suffering on behalf of any belief, principle, or cause. To many people back in eighteen fifty-nine, this defined a man named John Brown in many ways. John Brown was a devoted abolitionist who had been important in the conflict of slavery in Kansas. In October of eighteen fifty-nine, Brown led an interracial group of men who took over a federal arsenal in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, hoping to spark a slave revolt. To his dismay, Brown and some of his followers were captured after a gunfight with federal troops. He was later tried and found guilty for murder, treason, and conspiracy. Browns actions and execution led many people to believe he was in
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It teaches me further, to "Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them." I endeavored to act up to that instruction.” Brown goes on the say the he is still too young to fully understand if God has any respecter for persons. With that, he believes that interfering on behalf of God’s poor he has not done wrong, but right. Brown also says “If it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life, for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children, and with the blood of millions in this Slave country, whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments,--I say, let it be done.” In a way, he sees himself as the slave’s savior.
At one point during his address, Brown brings up the subject of men saying that he forced them to him in this raid. In response to this statement he claims that every man chose to be a part of the raid, and he did not even see the majority of them. Along with that Brown states that he did not bring it up to injure them. He never really does take responsibility for any of his actions.
Many people saw John Brown as a martyr for abolition. To them, Brown fit the category. He fought for a cause, and later died for it, something a martyr would do. Throughout his whole address, Brown says he never intended to murder, commit treason, or excite Slaves to rebel, and that he never encouraged any man to do so, but always discouraged any idea of that kind.…