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Series
American Experience
Episode
John Brown's Holy War
Raw Footage
Interview with author Russell Banks, 1 of 5
Contributing Organization
WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/15-kp7tm7311v
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. Banks talks about Early life - hand to mouth, tough existence, Early life - stories of Bible resonate, children die, Religion - Life of 1830s - 50s continuation of Bible, Religion - John Brown believed life a moral test, shaped destiny, Southern Power - think North more likely to secede, Pottawatomie - seems to be defining moment, Southern Power - expanding to West, Caribbean, etc. , "It looked bleak, it looked very bleak", Religion - Biblical & contemporary history merged, Religion - John Brown saw himself as walking in Biblical shoes, Sons - modern men, doubters, John Brown didn't question truth, Farmer - John Brown agrarian man, physical world, of Bible, Man of times - we judge him, Sanity - white Americans today regard John Brown as a fanatic, Owen/Death of John Brown's Mother, Death of Mother - important, John Brown said defining trauma, Personality - rage, identified w/ Blacks' sense of loss, Relationships w/Blacks - trusted him, matched anger, Personality - where did rage come from, Personality - charisma, intensity, emotional furnace, Slave Boy Story, Slave Boy Story true? enough that John Brown believed it, Slave Boy - as orphan, John Brown identifies, Slave Boy - equally clever, John Brown identifies as orphan, Shepherd - John Brown's gift, could care for animals, Shepherd - brought affection he rarely showed humans, Shepherd - link to the Bible (Abraham, Christ) ennobling, Shepherd - custodial relations, men part of his flock, Personality - contradiction authoritative/custodial
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
0:29:04
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Chicago: “American Experience; John Brown's Holy War; Interview with author Russell Banks, 1 of 5,” WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed October 22, 2018, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-kp7tm7311v.
MLA: “American Experience; John Brown's Holy War; Interview with author Russell Banks, 1 of 5.” WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. October 22, 2018. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-kp7tm7311v>.
APA: American Experience; John Brown's Holy War; Interview with author Russell Banks, 1 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-kp7tm7311v