Sectional Conflict & Politics 1846 - 1857. Wedges of Separation. North vs. South suspicious gov’t to advance their interests South -Thomas Kettell’s – “Southern Wealth & Northern Profits” South producing wealth – North is a leech (dependent)
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He captured Harpers Ferry with his nineteen men so few, And he frightened Old Virginny till she trembled through and through, They hung him for a traitor, themselves a traitor crew, But his truth is marching on. The conflict that he heralded, he looks from heaven to view, On the army of the Union with its flag, red, white, and blue, And heaven shall ring with anthems oer the deeds they mean to do, For his truth is marching on.
Oct. 31, 1859 Brown on Trial
Found guilty of treason, inciting rebellion, & murder
Dec. 1859 hung – as were his conspirators
“if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I say let it be done”