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Brown, John (1800-1859) Address of John Brown to the Virginia Court, when about to receive the sentence of death, for his heroic attempt at Harper's Ferry...

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.051 Author/Creator: Brown, John (1800-1859) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Broadsides Date: December 1859 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Small broadside with lithograph signature of Brown produced by the Liberator, reprinting his address to the Virginia Court before sentencing. Brown denies wanting to murder or cause an uprising. He argues that his raid on Harper's Ferry was just and aligned with the teachings of the Bible.

People: Brown, John, 1800-1859.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Law, John Brown, Slavery, African American History, Abolition, Death Penalty, Judiciary, Rebellion, Religion

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery The Crisis of the 1850's