By Phil Shannon in Australia:
His soul goes marching on
19 April 2007
David Reynolds’ biography of Brown, John Brown, Abolitionist, expertly shows why this fearless man, hung by the state of Virginia for treason, has not been forgotten, why his raid with 21 other comrades on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry in Virginia in 1859 climaxed his war on slavery and kickstarted the Civil War two years later with its emancipation of four million slaves by its end.
Born in Connecticut in 1800 to devout Puritan and anti-slavery parents, Brown knew hard manual labour and failed capitalist enterprise (thanks to a surfeit of honesty), forever treading the poverty line as leather tanner, sheep farmer, cattle trader, horse breeder, lumber dealer, real estate speculator and wool distributor.
His “hardscrabble existence” moulded Brown’s democratic sympathies for small farmers, for working class whites and for women, while his childhood experiences with reservation Native Americans and a maltreated slave boy inflamed his burning hatred of racial abuse.
This music video is called Pete Seeger: John Brown’s body.
A new exhibit on the white anti-slavery activist John Brown opens today at the New-York Historical society, 150 years (minus a month and a day) after he tried to start a slave uprising at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. Brown was executed in December 1859 for his role in that raid, but his actions — at Harper’s Ferry and before — helped to spark the Civil War: here.
In this video, internationally renowned American basso profundo concert singer, scholar, trade union activist, peace activist and recipient of the Spingarn Medal and Lenin Peace Prize, Paul Robeson sings John Brown’s Body in memory of John Brown, the white American abolitionist who believed so strongly in the cause of freedom that he gave his life so that those stolen from Africa and enslaved in America might be freed from the chains of bondage.
150 years since the execution of John Brown: here.
Did President Lincoln Believe in God? Here.