John Brown's Influence On North-South Relations

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During the years between 1859 and1863 the North and South, or the United States as a nation, witnessed a significant transition from the ephemeral ability to compromise on topics such as slavery to the inability to reconcile anymore due to a rapid growth of sectionalism that had greatly exhausted the principle of compromise to its end. The reason for such significant change in North-South relations is evident through the actions, views, and words of John Brown. A precursor to the North-South struggle began at Pottawatomie, Kansas during the time period known as “Bleeding Kansas.” The violence that had occurred at Pottawatomie indeed was a sign of further violence to come between the North and South. Following these acts of violence was an attack on the Harpers Ferry Armory, which was led and constructed by John Brown himself (A People and A Nation p. 375,380). Although a small and unsuccessful raid these acts of violence came to greatly impact and influence North-South relations. Thus, the attack on Harpers Ferry and the execution of John Brown sparked the inevitable fire between the North and South, which…show more content…
22, 1862 and Jan. 1st, 1863 (A People and A Nation p. 404). In a general summation, this Proclamation was a commitment to the abolishment of slavery. Although, the Proclamation only freed slaves where the Union had no authority, it signaled the end of the institution of slavery once the South had been defeated. Although John Brown had been dead for four years by 1863, his spirit, motives, and strong willingness to abolish what he knew was wrong lived on with the Union soldiers and came alive in the Emancipation Proclamation with the commitment to abolish slavery. Truly the United States had witnessed a significant increase in North-South tension based on the controversial actions of one man: John

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