John Brown, a Martyr Against Slavery

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Karen Elliott Mrs. Mathis English 2327.01 July 4, 2011 John Brown, a Martyr Against Slavery Raised as a Calvinist, John Brown firmly believed that all people, regardless of the color of their skin, were created equal and should not be enslaved. The Northerners considered Brown a martyr and an abolitionist, whereas the Southerners believed him to be a man of treasonous acts. John Brown learned first-hand about the atrocities of slavery and prejudice at the early age of five, when he became friends with a Native American Indian. Brown even began to wear buckskin, which was clothing made from leather worn only by the Indians. Although it was frowned upon by most of the inhabitants where young John lived to be associated with the Indians, he never cared what others thought; to John it was natural to be their friend. Later, at the age of twelve, during a cattle drive to Michigan, he became friends with a slave boy. While in Michigan, Brown witnessed several beatings endured by his young African American friend (Linder 1). Later he described his experience as revolutionary, changing him into a “most determined Abolitionist” (Linder 1). The images of the beatings his African American friend endured were a permanent imprint on young Brown’s life. Witnessing the beatings of his friend was what sparked John Brown’s battle against the repression of African American people. Brown marched to the beat of a different drummer and refused to abandon his belief that God was calling him into the battle of a holy war against slavery. This battle established him as a martyr. Although John Brown’s life was changed after witnessing the beating of his African American friend, he was not able to actually begin his fight against slavery until he was in his early teens. At the age of seventeen, Brown assisted in helping to hide a runaway slave. Soon afterwards he became immersed in
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