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John Brown : Symbolism And Abolitionism

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In the 19th century in America, people were heavily influenced by the enlightening ideas from French Revolution in the end of 18th century. One of the ideas was that everyone is created equal, and this idea significantly affected many lives as most Americans were farmers and owned slaves. John Brown, one of the famous abolitionists, deeply believed the idea of equality in terms of religion. While practicing his believes and ideas to support emancipation of slavery, he had to take some violent actions like a raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. As a result, some people have considered him as a terrorist and the instigator of the Civil War whereas some others think him as an American hero, freedom fighter, and martyr to the cause of human liberty.
John Brown was born on May 9, 1800 in Torrington, Connecticut. Growing up, Brown was heavily influenced by his parents who were Calvinists and believed that human slavery was wrong. As a 12-year-old boy traveling through Michigan, John witnessed an enslaved African-American boy be beaten, haunting him for years to come and informing his own abolitionism. His religious beliefs Calvinist Christianity, along with his personal experiences, motivated his passionate abolitionist crusade. Growing from a skeptical spiritual seeker as a child to a young Christian adult but peaceful abolitionist, Brown has grown into a thorough black liberationist. He believed that slavery was a sin, and that he was an agent of God to exterminate slavery, and he
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