American experience. John Brown's holy war. Interview with historian Dennis Frye. 5 of 6 / [produced by WGBH].
- Language Note:
- In English.
- Martyr, madman, murderer, hero: John Brown remains one of history's most controversial and misunderstood figures. In the 1850s, he and his ragtag guerrilla group embarked on a righteous crusade against slavery that was based on religious faith -- yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution at Harpers Ferry sparked a chain of events that led to the Civil War. Frye talks about Raid - sensational event, whole nation fixated upon it, Press - John Brown wounded, debilitated, but focused in interview, -Press - newspapers medium, nation consumed w/ John Brown, Press - Virginia gave access to look civilized, Wise - enemy spoke positively about John Brown, Trial - verdict, sentencing, Trial/Press - opportunity, words in newspapers w/in hours, -Southern perspective - John Brown guilty, deserves noose, Trial - verdict was John Brown's greatest moment, Trial - John Brown says he would've been a hero if fighting for rich, Trial - John Brown says he came to save God's poor, message resonated, -South - John Brown frightened South, white Northerner, South - terrorized, people wanted guns, militia units formed, Ruffin - find solidarity in Southern fear, John Brown pikes on display, Icon - made compromise, reason, discussion impossible, Press - tributes to John Brown, South in disbelief, think of secession, Secession - South felt violated, determined to defend itself, Icon - John Brown made North believe something must change.
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- data file
- Title from resource description page (viewed September 12, 2017).
- Participant/Performer Note:
- Dennis Frye, interviewee.
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