Portrait Of John Brown, 1859

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Image Title: Portrait Of John Brown, 1859

Creator: Martin M. Lawrence, 1808-1859, photographer

Date: 1859 May

Summary: Photograph showing three-quarter length portrait of John Brown, with beard, facing slightly right. Autograph on label pasted below portrait reads, "Your friend John Brown."

Notes: From Wikipedia -- John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859) was an American abolitionist who believed in and advocated armed insurrection as the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. In October 1859, Brown led a raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (today West Virginia), intending to start a slave liberation movement that would spread south through the mountainous regions of Virginia and North Carolina. He seized the armory, but seven people were killed, and ten or more were injured. He intended to arm slaves with weapons from the arsenal, but no local slaves joined his revolt. Brown was hastily tried for treason against the Commonwealth of Virginia, the murder of five men (including 3 blacks), and inciting a slave insurrection; he was found guilty on all counts and was hanged. Historians agree that the Harpers Ferry raid and Brown's trial, both covered extensively by the national press, escalated tensions that led to the South's secession a year later and the American Civil War.

Related Names: Marian S. Carson

Subjects: John Brown, 1800-1859
Harpers Ferry

Original Media: Photograph


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