Monday, October 26, 2020

From the archive: John Brown

A new series on Showtime starring Ethan Hawke as abolitionist John Brown prompted me to dig into the Almanack archive for articles about Brown. (And don’t miss scholar/writer Amy Godine’s virtual Grange Hall talk tomorrow night about the historic statue of Brown at his Lake Placid farm.)

Here are a few gems:

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and runs her own New York State Women owned Business-Enterprise Bootstrap Communications, which includes digital marketing, strategy and design. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and a cat.


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4 Responses

  1. Robert Gdyk says:

    “Old John Brown has just been executed for treason against a state. We cannot object, even though he agreed with us in thinking slavery wrong. That cannot excuse violence, bloodshed, and treason. It could avail him nothing that he might think himself right.” — Abraham Lincoln, Dec 3, 1859

    • Balian the Cat says:

      Nice quote, Robert! The same can be said for Aamon Bundy and the seditionists who plotted against the governor of Michigan…wouldn’t you say?

  2. Vanessa says:

    +10 points for article re Mary Brown :):)

  3. Naj Wikoff says:

    The Showtime series once again portrays Brown as a lunatic; he was anything but. People disagree about his methods, particularly in Kansas often without taking in the context of what was taking place at the time. Be as that may, his focus was in leveraging change and in that he succeeded, though not in a way he envisioned. He did believe that the process would be a very violent one; on that score, he was correct.

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