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  John Brown by Henry David Thoreau
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.
I am told that his grandfather, John Brown, was an officer in the Revolution; that he himself was born in Connecticut about the beginning of this century, but early went with his father to Ohio.
With one son dead by his side, and another shot through, he felt the pulse of his dying son with one hand, and held his rifle with the other, and commanded his men with the utmost composure, encouraging them to be firm, and to sell their lives as dear as they could.
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  John Brown (abolitionist) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brown was particularly affected by the Sacking of Lawrence, in which a sheriff-led posse destroyed newspaper offices, a hotel, and killed two men, and Preston Brooks's brutal caning of anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner.
Brown was charged with murdering four whites and a fl, with conspiring with slaves to rebel, and with treason against Virginia.
John Brown is buried on the John Brown Farm in North Elba, New York, south of Lake Placid.
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 A Plea for Captain John Brown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A Plea for Captain John Brown is an essay by Henry David Thoreau.
John Brown, a radical abolitionist, and twenty-one other men seized the federal armory at Harper's Ferry, the holding place for approximately 100,000 rifles and muskets, hoping to arm slaves and create a violent rebellion against the south.
Brown's commitment to justice and adherence to the United States Constitution forced him to fight state-sponsored injustice, one he was only affected by in spirit.
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 Learn more about John Brown (abolitionist) in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
John Brown (May 9, 1800 - December 2, 1859) was an extremist abolitionist who led the raid on Harpers Ferry and whose defeat, trial, and execution helped set the stage for the American Civil War.
John Brown was born in Torrington, Connecticut, on May 9, 1800.
Douglass wrote about Brown, "Though a white gentleman, he is in sympathy a fl man, and as deeply interested in our cause, as though his own soul had been pierced with the iron of slavery." At this meeting Brown first outlined to Douglass his plan to lead a war to free slaves.
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 Re-evaluating John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Brown's role in Kansas proves that as a tactician he was clever and thorough and that he had little of the martyr instinct to die for a cause.
John Brown realized that little money would be sent to him on the basis of the campaign in Kansas, and he felt that he would have to reveal at least some of his raid plans if he hoped to get the amount he needed.
Brown felt that bloodshed over slavery was inevitable, and he was determined to organize or coordinate a slave rebellion in such a way that the killing was held to a minimum.
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 Analogies: Was Timothy McVeigh Our John Brown?
While there were those like Thoreau who were prepared to publish “A Plea for Captain John Brown,” the more common perception of Brown at the time was that he was a villain, an evil man prepared to commit horrifying atrocities in his fanatic devotion to abolitionism.
In connection with the recent PBS documentary about John Brown, there is an interview with Professor Paul Finkelman: “So, wherever Brown goes he is facing the possibility that he might be attacked, that he might be killed.
Brown was successful, in part because he was not a cold blooded mass killer, and because he was very bright, shrewd, and sophisticated.
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 Magazine Antiques: Antiques - Captain John Brown - Brief Article - Column
John Brown, who is remembered as an abolitionist and insurrectionist, was also by turns a drover, tanner, land speculator, and a dealer in sheep.
Brown appointed himself captain of a ragbag of antislavery forces, and, when the opposition sacked the town of Lawrence, he and his men murdered five reputedly proslavery settlers who lived along the Pottawottamie Creek.
Brown was tried and convicted of treason, despite conducting his defense with great astuteness and presenting himself as an inspired and selfless religious martyr.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1026/is_1_162/ai_88825942   (846 words)

  
 John Brown
John's father was staunchly anti-slavery and was a voluntary agent for the Underground Railroad.
Brown and six men barricaded themselves in an engine-house, and continued to fight until Brown was seriously wounded and two of his sons had been killed.
Brown cautiously approached the subject which he wished to bring to my attention; for he seemed to apprehend opposition to his views.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /USASbrown.htm   (2879 words)

  
 ipedia.com: John Brown (abolitionist) Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
John Brown was an extremist abolitionist who led the raid on Harpers Ferry and whose defeat, trial, and execution helped set the stage for the U.S. Civil War.
John Brown (May 9, 1800–December 2, 1859) was an extremist abolitionist who led the raid on Harpers Ferry and whose defeat, trial, and execution helped set the stage for the U.S. Civil War.
John Brown refused a rescue, when Silas Soule, a friend of his from Kansas, somehow broke into the prison where Brown was being held.
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 Concord and Captain John Brown
John Brown was intent on wiping slavery from the face of the Earth and saw himself as God's avenging Angel of Death.
When Henry spoke out in Brown's defense on October 30th, a friend of Thoreau's, Minott Pratt, wrote that Henry was "a little extravagant in [his] eulogy of Capt. Brown." Edward Emerson mentioned in his journal that many Concordians came to Thoreau's "Plea for Captain John Brown" in order "to scoff".
At the memorial service for Brown on December 2, it should be noted that while Thoreau, Sanborn and Alcott were paying a glowing tribute to Brown inside First Parish, outside the church a crowd of their neighbors hanged and burned Brown in effigy.
www.concordma.com /magazine/marapr01/johnbrownthoreau.html   (1311 words)

  
 The American Experience | John Brown's Holy War | People & Events | Henry David Thoreau
Brown was full of exciting stories of his Kansas battles.
Thoreau was impressed by Brown's determination and the strength of his convictions.
While Thoreau's defense was being circulated in the press, John Brown was addressing the court at his trial in Virginia.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/amex/brown/peopleevents/pande04.html   (782 words)

  
 Reader's Companion to American History - -BROWN, JOHN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Justifying his action as obedience to the will of a just God, Brown soon became a hero in the eyes of northern extremists and was quick to capitalize on his growing reputation.
Brown had toyed with the idea for years, but it took form after a meeting of Brown and his followers in the free fl community of Chatham, Ontario, in the winter of 1858.
Popular expression of support for Brown was widespread in the North (the best remembered of which is Henry David Thoreau's "Plea for Captain John Brown") before he was hanged on December 2, 1859.
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 Plea For Captain John Brown, A; read to the citizens of Concord, Massachusetts on Sunday evening, October thirtieth, ...
Plea For Captain John Brown, A; read to the citizens of Concord, Massachusetts on Sunday evening, October thirtieth, eighteen fifty-nine by Henry David Thoreau eBook by BookRags
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.
I am told that his grandfather, John Brown, was an officer in the Revolution; that he himself was born in Connecticut about the beginning of this century, but early went with his father to Ohio.
www.bookrags.com /ebooks/2567/1.html   (281 words)

  
 Henry David Thoreau - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862; born David Henry Thoreau) was an American author, naturalist, pacifist, tax resister and philosopher who is famous for Walden (available at wikisource) on simple living amongst nature and Civil Disobedience (available at wikisource) on resistance to civil government.
He was a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending the radical John Brown.
John Updike, "A Sage for All Seasons" - courtesy of the UK Guardian, an edited extract from the introduction to Updike's new edition of Walden
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 John Brown
There is quite a bit of misinformation as it relates to John Brown.
The raid was quickly put down and John Brown was subsequently executed, but he left of legacy of resistance that should be admired.
John Brown, contrary to what we've been taught, was well respected by people oppossed to slavery and racial injustice.
users.rcn.com /beecee.interport/john_brown.htm   (130 words)

  
 Us and Them in Thoreau's "A Plea for Captain John Brown"
Quinn Kenworthy '04, English 171, Sages and Satirists, Brown University, 2003
In "A Plea for Captain John Brown" Henry David Thoreau combines rich prose and distinct political and social messages that guide the reader from the opening statement until the dramatic conclusion.
Throughout this work Thoreau uses extended metaphors and comparisons in a concise language that draws the reader in, almost forcing us to believe his every word.
www.victorianweb.org /courses/nonfiction/thoreau/kenworthy5.html   (500 words)

  
 A Plea for Captain John Brown by Henry David Thoreau
I am aware that I anticipate a little- that he was still, at the last accounts, alive in the hands of his foes; but that being the case, I have all along found myself thinking and speaking of him as physically dead.
With one son dead by his side, and another shot through, he felt the pulse of his dying son with one hand, and held his rifle with the other, and commanded his men with the utmost composure, encouraging them to be firm, and to sell their lives as dear as they could.
One writer says that Brown's peculiar monomania made him to be "dreaded by the Missourians as a supernatural being." Sure enough, a hero in the midst of us cowards is always so dreaded.
www.erraticimpact.com /~american/html/thoreau_john_brown.htm   (6897 words)

  
 Civil Disobedience and the Underground Railroad, concluded
Thoreau delivered "A Plea for Captain John Brown" in the Concord Town Hall "as if it burned him." "Many of those who came to scoff remained to pray," a visitor remarked.
Attracted more by Brown's ideals and courage than by his actions, Thoreau pleaded, not to spare Brown's life, but to uphold the principled character he saw in him.
…It was [Brown's] peculiar doctrine that a man has a perfect right to interfere by force with the slaveholder, in order to rescue the slave.
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 A Plea for Captain John Brown
On October 16, 1859, John Brown led a raid of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.
Within 36 hours, all of Brown's men were killed or captured by local farmers, militiamen, and U.S. Marines led by Robert E. Lee.
Brown was tried for treason, and was hanged on December 2, 1859.
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 Alan Reeder   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A PLEA FOR CAPTAIN JOHN BROWN - By Henry David Thoreau
Address of John Brown to the Virginia Court, when about to receive the sentence of death, for his heroic attempt at Harper's Ferry to give deliverance to the captives, and to let the oppressed go free...
John Brown Articles - This site is of contemporary news accounts of John Brown.
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 Thoreau Reader
Brown tried to ignite a slave rebellion; Thoreau responded in 1859.
In 1862, Thoreau described "wildness" as a treasure to be preserved, rather than a resource to be plundered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Louis Stevenson, and John Burroughs: Three Thoreaus
thoreau.eserver.org   (768 words)

  
 Find in a Library: A plea for Captain John Brown; read to the citizens of Concord, Massachusetts on Sunday evening, ...
Find in a Library: A plea for Captain John Brown; read to the citizens of Concord, Massachusetts on Sunday evening, October thirtieth, eighteen fifty-nine.
A plea for Captain John Brown; read to the citizens of Concord, Massachusetts on Sunday evening, October thirtieth, eighteen fifty-nine.
Subjects: Brown, John, -- 1800-1859 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
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 John Brown Case   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
John Brown and the Valley of the Shadow
A Kansas family traces John Brown's 1858 raid into Missouri
A Plea for Captain John Brown by Henry David Thoreau
www.law.umkc.edu /faculty/projects/ftrials/Brown.html   (36 words)

  
 AFRO-AMERICAN ALMANAC - African-American History Resource
They have counted the votes of Pennsylvania & Co., but they have not correctly counted Captain Brown's vote.
Some eighteen hundred years ago Christ was crucified; this morning, perchance, Captain Brown was hung.
We shall then be at liberty to weep for Captain Brown.
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John Brown would have no time for the lukewarm who would not take a moral stand, and he (like Dante) would put the cowardly neutral in purgatory where they belong.
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth." (Revelations 3:15-16) Not a time for "on the one hand," and then "on the other hand" wishy-washy equivocators who travel to the middle of the debate to plant one's flag.
I John Brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty, land: will never be purged away; but with Blood.
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 Plea for Captain John Brown by Henry David Thoreau
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Especially, he learned by experience how armies are supplied and maintained in the field- a work which, he observed, requires at least as much experience and skill as to lead them in battle.
When he was here, some years ago, he showed to a few a little manuscript book- his "orderly book" I think he called it- containing the names of his company in Kansas, and the
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 Urban Dictionary: krista
The term is typically negative, but departure from established norms may also be seen as a positive quality; in this case, being "insane" is being daringly unconventional or individualistic.
This use of insane is illustrated by the following quote from Henry David Thoreau's A Plea for Captain John Brown:
Many, no doubt, are well disposed, but sluggish by constitution and by habit, and they cannot conceive of a man who is actuated by higher motives than they are.
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 Thoreau--On John Brown
Especially, he learned by experience how armies are supplied and maintained in the field a work which, he observed, requires at least as much experience and skill as to lead them in battle.
He has taken the wind out of their sails,—the little wind they had,—and they may as well lie to and repair.
I am aware that I anticipate a little,—that he was still, at the last accounts, alive in the hands of his foes; but that being the case, I have all along found myself thinking and speaking of him as physically dead
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