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Series
American Experience
Episode
John Brown's Holy War
Raw Footage
Interview with historian James Horton, 3 of 5
Contributing Organization
WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/15-cz3222s68b
Description
Martyr, madman, murderer, hero: John Brown remains one of history's most controversial and misunderstood figures. In the 1850s, he and his ragtag guerrilla group embarked on a righteous crusade against slavery that was based on religious faith -- yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution at Harpers Ferry sparked a chain of events that led to the Civil War. Horton talks about Frederick Douglass - thought John Brown charismatic but too idealistic, Douglass/Brown - impressed each other, Gerrit Smith - land for blacks to vote, John Brown in black community, North Elba - John Brown in black community, home, important place, Abolitionists - not all believed in racial equality, John Brown did friends, Free blacks - committed to abolition, helped escaping slaves, Fugitive Slave Law - no right of self defense, Douglass, Boston, Dred Scott - 3 points, Plan - blacks ready for war, black military groups elsewhere, Plan - blacks awaiting the opportunity, Kansas - contested territory precursor to Civil War
Subjects
American history, African Americans, civil rights, slavery, abolition
Publisher
WGBH Educational Foundation, Release Agent
Rights
(c) 2000-2017 WGBH Educational Foundation
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
0:27:50
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Chicago: “American Experience; John Brown's Holy War; Interview with historian James Horton, 3 of 5,” WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 18, 2018, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-cz3222s68b.
MLA: “American Experience; John Brown's Holy War; Interview with historian James Horton, 3 of 5.” WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 18, 2018. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-cz3222s68b>.
APA: American Experience; John Brown's Holy War; Interview with historian James Horton, 3 of 5. Boston, MA: WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-cz3222s68b