This article published by the New York Times gives a glimpse of the tension of the raid from the perspective of those seeking to end it. The document is part of a wider collection of Harper’s Ferry material on A House Divided.
All of our 8th-graders write a DBQ essay on whether John Brown is a hero or not. This NYTimes article is great for showing the unrest that Brown’s raid caused. It’s easy to read and a great source.
In 2009, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will host a variety of events, including commemorative, educational, musical, dramatic, and interpretative activities. The focus will be on John Brown’s raid, his life, the larger context of the slavery issue, and Brown’s overall influence and his place in history.
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