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By Albert Marrin

John Brown is a guy of many legacies, from hero, freedom fighter, and martyr, to liar, enthusiast, and "the father of yank terrorism." a few have stated that it was once his seizure of the arsenal at Harper's Ferry that rendered the Civil struggle inevitable.

Deeply spiritual, Brown believed that God had selected him to correct the incorrect of slavery. He was once keen to kill and die for anything sleek americans unanimously agree used to be a simply reason. And but he used to be a spiritual enthusiast and a staunch believer in "righteous violence," an unapologetic committer of household terrorism. Marrin brings 19th-century matters into the fashionable enviornment comfortably and style in a booklet that's guaranteed to spark dialogue.

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Burning with fever, she died in her father’s arms. “He was very calm,” Ruth recalled. ” God’s will be done—but, oh, so hard to bear! ”42 Business failures made these deaths yet more painful. In the decades since Brown’s birth, the Industrial Revolution had begun to change America. Starting in England in the 1760s, inventors built machinery to manufacture desirable goods: cloth, shoes, pots, pans, pottery, nails, screws, tableware. Originally, manufacture meant making an item by hand. That changed with the invention of machines driven by waterwheels and steam engines.

Animals felt their power, too. ” Brown’s eyes reflected his moods. 26 Brown once paid a phrenologist to examine his head. Now rejected, phrenology was used in the 1800s as a method of “reading” a person’s character from the bumps and bulges on his or her skull. “You have a pretty good opinion of yourself,” the phrenologist noted, and “would rather lead than be led. You might be persuaded but to drive you would be impossible. ”27 The description fit Brown perfectly. He had a very high opinion of himself.

It had haunted the Founding Fathers, and none more than George Washington. One day in the summer of 1798, he met John Bernard, an English actor touring Virginia. The expresident invited Bernard to visit Mount Vernon, his estate. While they relaxed in a parlor overlooking the Potomac River, a black “servant” set a jug of cool water on the table. As he did, Bernard smiled, seeming to ask a silent question. Washington understood. Yes, he said, he owned slaves, always had. ” A nationwide explosion, they felt, was inevitable, though nobody could tell exactly when or how it would come about, or who might ignite it.

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