I do believe John Brown had the correct cause in mind; he wished for the abolition of slavery, and did not foresee it in the near future, so he himself took action. Although his violent measures were destructive and unnecessary, his aim was were most northerners' was, to have an end to slavery.
In my opinion, John Brown was a hero. Not a terrorist. John Brown may have resorted to violence in his raid of Harper's Ferry which wasn't the idea of abolition. However, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry started the rise of awareness of slavery which caused society to respond. This event eventually allowed the ban of slavery. That is why John Brown is in fact a hero…not a terrorist!
John Brown was an American hero. Brown had seen the evils of the institution of slavery. Instead of sitting around quietly and watching such an immoral injustice occur he took action. Politically for the entire history of the United States nothing had been done to work towards the abolishment of slavery simply just compromise after compromise that simply restricted it or limited its power. Brown took action against these people that he felt were committing great evils and sent a message through whatever means deemed necessary. It was obvious to Brown that politicians were making no progress so violence was the only option. Therefore Brown died a hero and more importantly a martyr for the abolition movement.
John Brown was an American hero. Although his measures seemed to be somewhat extreme, what he represented made up for that. To the slaves, he stood for hope that whites could be accepting of African Americans and possibly even integrate them into regular culture. It gave them hope that there were more than just cruel slave owners that actually wanted to help them and benefit their cause. Brown was also a great symbol to abolitionists, Thoreau even comparing him to being an angel. He inspired them to continue on their fight for abolition and take greater action. To Southerners, John Brown stirred up fear of rebellion from the North, his inspirational behavior having an effect on the efforts of abolitionists. Brown died fighting for what he believed in and encouraged many others to fight for freedom, as well.
Although he fought for a just cause I do not believe that John Brown was right in how he went about helping the abolitionist movement and freeing the slaves. I do think that he did many good things conceptually however they were extream and made mattters worse by fueling Southern anger. There are many effective and efficient ways to argue your point that do not entail violence. Martin Luther King Jr held speeches, and refused to use or do anything that showed whites that he accepted segregation. And eventually he got his way. John Brown was right to try and end slavery but went about it violently. He raided a federal arsenal named Harper's Ferry and killed many people in doing so. He also killed people and their families in the west such as Mahala Doyle's husband and two of her sons though they did not own slaves. Some of his rash behavior and actions earned him the reputation of a martyr in the north where abolition movements were strongest. He also gave much needed hope to slaves and others working for the abolition movement. But he also earned the unyielding hate of the South for his savage and violent acts. I do agree that he fought for one of the greatest causes ever to be had in America but he went about it in the wrong way causing death and bloodshed and even more anger and hate, making others think that it is perfectly acceptable to go around killing people who disagree with you. He made tensions even worse between the North and South and I think that peaceful protest would have been better for everyone overall than the violent deaths he gave to those who had a different oppinion than his own.
While it is true that John Brown fought for a just cause, he approached the situation in the wrong way. He is not a hero, he is a terrorist. Brown's first radical action occurred following the Kansas-Nebraska Act in which the slavery issue in the Nebraska territory, would be solved by popular sovereignty. He did not like this and attacked the home of innocent people in Kansas; a territory created by the aforementioned act. Brown did not attack slave owners, only innocent people in an area that had a pro-slavery past. In the case of Mahala Doyle, he killed her sons and husband all of whom had never owned nor planned to own a slave. Later, he planned to raid the federal armory in Harpers Ferry and use the weapons to arm slaves in a revolt against their masters. He only succeeded in breaking into the armory before he and his sons were caught and later hanged. This raid only served to increase tension in the almost split nation and make slave-owners suspicious of the abolitionist cause. Many argue that Brown is a martyr, because of his raid. He did die as an effect of his actions for the movement, but the fact that he can be considered a martyr does not make him a hero. Brown is however a terrorist because he put fear in the eyes of slave owners and innocent Americans. His actions accomplished nothing other than the Civil War which led to the deaths of even more people, thus, Brown is a terrorist.
John Brown should be seen as a hero. John Brown was a radical abolitionist who saw the moral wrongness in slavery in the south. John Brown is famously known for his involvement in Bleeding Kansas, where he killed multiple pro-slavery people and his raid on Harper's Ferry. John Brown gave a white voice to the dehumanized black slaves. In Bleeding Kansas, John Brown killed pro-slavery people in retaliation to pro-slavery people killing abolitionists just days prior. He stood up for his beliefs. In his planned raid on Harper's Ferry, he wanted to take the weapons from the arsenal and arm the slaves to create a rebellion. This planned is justified due to the cruelty the plantation owners unleashed onto their slaves. The slaves had no leverage on their owners to demand rights for themselves, because of the Dred-Scott decision deemed them as their master's property that had no rights. John Brown, through his raid, wanted to give the slaves leverage over their masters by arming them and hopefully creating a fear of more rebellions to create an opposition of using the slave work force in the south. John Brown was a hero because he risked his life to give the slaves a voice and honorably lost his life for them. His bold actions, although violent, were the only way to bring attention to the citizens in the United States that abolishing slavery was crucial and morally right the fact that someone would go to great lengths, as Brown did, to stand up for the slaves. John Brown's actions grew the support of other abolitionists to believe taking action was the only way to gain the slaves their freedom, and ultimately to hopefully represent the United States' motto that "All men are created equal" truly in the years to come.
John brown was an American hero. However, I do not believe he was right to rebel violently but he still fought for what he believed was wrong. John Browns raid at Harpers was not only radical but necessary in the sense that slave owners were cruel and evil. Not only did Browns violent ways start contreversy but it also started a greater hatred against the unjust southern plantation. John brown stood up for the immoral injustice against slavery when others stood by and did nothing but watched. His actions towards the wicked cruelty of slavery helped ignite the abolitionist movement and create more controversy over the vicious acts of slavery.
John Brown should be considered a great American hero. He stood up, and fought for something that was wrong by using a rebel for to attack the armory Harpers Ferry, known as Bleeding Kansas. John Brown helped those who had been abused and beaten by their owners retaliate and achieve justice. It was a major step forward in the abolition movement and showed those that were enslaved what they could do when they all came together.