Category John Brown

Franklin County Historical Society Teaches Myth

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 I visited Chambersburg, PA for their special History Day, where a number of sites of historical importance were open with free admission. I first visited Mary Ritner’s Boarding House, which is the house John Brown used to plan his Harper’s Ferry Raid. The house has some really good artifacts and […]

American Experience John Brown’s Holy War

Here’s the American Experience episode covering John Brown.  It’s not bad. I’ll post more about John Brown sometime in the future.  In the meantime, where do you stand?  Was John Brown insane or was he sane?  Was he a hero or a villain?

John Brown’s War

Another episode of “Civil War Journal” from the good old days when the History Channel actually had history programming.

John Brown and the Harper’s Ferry Raid

  This is Paul Finkelman speaking in 2009 at the John Brown Remembered symposium to mark the Sesquicentennial of Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry.  The description says, “On October 16, 1859, John Brown and 21 followers went to Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, to strike a blow against slavery. The raid failed, but ignited the slavery debate. Sixteen months […]