Summary: John Brown’s raid was a raid orchestrated by white abolitionist named John Brown on Harpers Ferry. Brown hoped to lead an armed slave revolt against the Southern states by seizing control of an arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. He felt that it was his responsibility to end slavery, and that god sent him to earth for this purpose. John Brown and his men killed four people, and wounded nine. As a result Brown was sentenced to death by guilty of murder and treason, he was hung. There were mixed emotions about John Brown.
Northern perspective: In the North people admired John Brown. While most believed the raid was quite crazy, they still praised him for his courage. On the day that John Brown was executed, church bells rang in honor of him, and songs and paintings were created. Brown was made into a martyr very fast. Even though most newspapers in the North and the Republican party spoke ill of the raid, the South saw believed the North thought something different.
Southern perspective: The people were furious, the fact that people were sympathizing to Brown was insane! The South hated the idea of not having slavery. They believed that the North promoted the “murderous abolitionist”, so how in any way could they share the nation with them? The South assumed that since most in the North promoted Brown, they could also refer to them as murderous. They were convinced that the North wanted to destroy slavery and with it the South itself.
(John Brown’s raid was a vital event which lead to the civil war.)