Category John Brown

Gettysburg National Military Park 2021 Winter Lecture Series

You can access all the lectures at this site. They are well worth watching.

John Brown and Abraham Lincoln

Here’s Professor H. W. Brands giving a typically great presentation based on his latest book, The Zealot and the Emancipator, which is a dual look at Brown and Lincoln. This was part of the 2020 Virtual Lincoln Forum. The video’s description reads, “In October 1859 — just 18 months before the first shots of the Civil […]

The Zealot and the Emancipator

Here’s Professor H. W. Brands talking about his new book, The Zealot and the Emancipator, which is about John Brown and Abraham Lincoln. The video’s description reads, “Historian H.W. Brands provided a dual biography of abolitionist John Brown and Abraham Lincoln. This was a virtual event hosted by the Atlanta History Center.”

Civil War Talk Radio Episode 1707: The Zealot and the Emancipator

This is a pretty good conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Professor H. W. Brands. They discuss John Brown and Abraham Lincoln, based on Professor Brands’s new book.

The Civil War; Interview with Ed Bearss

This is the full-length Ken Burns interview with Ed Bearss done for Burns’s miniseries, “The Civil War” on PBS. The description reads, “This is raw footage of an interview that Ken Burns conducted with Civil War historian Ed Bearss on July 14, 1986. In this interview, Bearss demonstrates his expansive knowledge on the events of […]

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 […]