John Browns Raid on the federal armory Essay

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John Browns Raid on the federal armory



John Brown's raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, In October 1859,
involved only a handful of abolitionists, freed no slaves, and was over in two days.
Although many Northerners condemned the raid, by 1863 John Brown had become a hero
and a martyr in the North. The views about John Brown expressed in the documents
illustrate the strained relationship between the North and South before the civil war(1859-
1860) and the severely crippled relationship after the civil war.
In 1859 before the Civil war the Northern-Southern relationship was strained with
such laws as the Kansas-Nebraska act, 'legalizing' slavery through popular soveirgnty in
the territor-
ies, and the Dredd Scott decision practically legalizing slavery in any territory(without
popular soveriegnty). Soon after John Brown's famous raid, Northerners condemned
him(Doc. A) for combating a 'great evil'(Slavery) in an 'unfit way'(through fighting), They
said this because it was unconstitutional to fight without going through the government
and there are other ways to get rid of slavery. This basically was a last ditch effort to save
the south from succeeding from the union and to hold the thread that was holding the
relations of the North and South together.
By 1860, the dreaded election of 1860 was here and the Civil war would soon
start due to the 'Railsplitter' Lincoln winning the election. Views of John Brown in the
North were gaining more momentum as he became more popular(Doc. D). More
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