John Brown And The North Essay

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In 1859, John Brown and nineteen other men seized a federal armory at Harpers Ferry in an attempt to start a slave rebellion. He was seen as a madman by the North and South, but by 1863, the South was the only region to still hold that idea. Although the North hung John Brown, he became their hero and they began to openly embrace his thinking. The rapid change of views on slavery from the North affected their relationship with the South exponentially. Between 1859 and 1863, the way the North and South viewed John Brown made the differences in their values and beliefs apparent.
When John Brown died, his death had made a distinct line between the North and South. This particular event was used to its advantage in elections as “the Democrats had just been whipped in (some state elections), and seized upon the unfortunate Harpers Ferry affair to influence other elections then pending” [Doc E]. The South was now afraid of any future slave rebellions, so to ensure their security and economy, they voted for the Democrats who would make sure slavery was permanent. They believed that the states should be the main government making the decisions, and not by a central form of government preferred by the North. The South refused to keep up with the modernization of the country from fear and stubbornness. Even the North’s attempts to force them to become industrial through high taxation of imports and exports failed. The South was beginning to take it’s first steps into seceding from the Union.
Prior actions from John Brown aided the separation between North and South. After the Pottawatomie Massacre and Harpers Ferry, the North regarded “Brown’s raid as utterly mistaken and, in its direct consequences, pernicious” [Doc A]. The North, mostly associated with abolitionists, did not want to be associated with a deranged man who murdered and mutilated pro-slavery people. However, soon after, the North...

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