A plea for john brown

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A Plea For Captain John Brown by Henry David Thoreau

He was one of that class of whom we hear a great deal, but, for the most part, see nothing at all- the Puritans. It would be in vain to kill him. He died lately in the time of Cromwell, but he reappeared here. Why should he not? Some of the Puritan stock are said to have come over and settled in New England. They were a class that did something else than celebrate their forefathers day, and eat parched corn in remembrance of that time.
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A Plea for Captain John Brown by Henry David Thoreau

A Plea For Captain John Brown

I trust that you will pardon me for being here. I do not wish to force my thoughts upon you, but I feel forced myself. Little as I know of Captain Brown, I would fain do my part to correct the tone and the statements of the newspapers, and of my countrymen generally, respecting his character and actions. It costs us nothing to be just. We can at least express our sympathy with, and admiration of, him and his companions, and that is what I now propose to do. First, as to his history.

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Abolitionism in the United States

It is based on a speech Thoreau first delivered to an audience at Concord, Massachusetts on October 30, , two weeks after John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry , and repeated several times before Brown's execution on December 2, It was later published as a part of Echoes of Harper's Ferry in John Brown , a radical abolitionist , and 21 other men seized the Federal armory at Harper's Ferry , the holding place for approximately , rifles and muskets, hoping to arm slaves and create a violent rebellion against the South. Lee , and Brown was jailed. The raid resulted in thirteen deaths, twelve rebels and one U. Although largely called a failure at the time, the raid and Brown's subsequent execution impelled the American Civil War. Thoreau's essay espoused John Brown and his fight for abolition.

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  3. Keithhhh says:

    It is based on a speech Thoreau first delivered to an audience at Concord, Massachusetts on October 30, , two weeks after John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry , and repeated several times before Brown's execution on December 2,

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