Gloria Jane: “Back around the time that northern Christians, abolitionists, free blacks, anti-slavery activists and Kansas land owners first formed the Republican party, John Brown, an abolitionist and Baptist preacher, gave his life to put an end to slavery. During the civil war northern soldiers sang this old song as they marched off to battle. After “Julia Ward Howe” heard Union troops singing this, *the original (published Dec. 1861 in the Chicago Tribune) version of the song, she wrote her own words to it’s tune. Soon after, her version was published Feb 1862 in the “Atlantic Monthly” as “The Battle Hymn Of The Republic.”
John Brown’s Last Speech, Performed by David Strathairn
Smithsonian Magazine: “In one fateful night, John Brown brought the country closer to Civil War (Video: Meredith Bragg).” John Brown’s Day of Reckoning. Fergus Bordewich is a regular Smithsonian magazine contributor who penned an in-depth account of the Underground Railroad in Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America.
The Life and Times of John Brown
Mr. Beat: “Was John Brown a hero or terrorist? The answer is not so simple. In this documentary, Mr. Beat examines the life and times of the most (in)famous abolitionist in history. Check out the book John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights https://amzn.to/2XR0FY6“