Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

Why did John Brown think that blacks were Israelites and start killing slave owners?

4 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Your incompetence and ignorance of real U.S. history is showing

  • 1 month ago

    oddly enough, the  "crazy Christian extremist" narrative is as old as the story of John Brown itself...and there are many lessons to be learned if one had the desire to learn rather than to simply pass judgment... 

    ...the Abolition movement was considered a "political minefield" even back in the 1850s because it was seen as something driven by evangelical Christians (the "right-wing Christian extremists" of the day) and that made some folks nervous...especially those "educated, tolerant and intellectual" folks in the eastern cities who, like today, like to think of themselves as "enlightened" in a secular, humanistic manner and free of all that "superstitious mumbo-jumbo"...

    ...when Brown was captured, the press did its best to paint him as a wild-eyed zealot who heard voices in his head and wanted to burn whole cities....and that is largely the image that lives to this day...

    ...if you study original sources, however, you'll see that when he was given the opportunity to speak on his own behalf, he gave a long and thoughtful justification for his actions....indicating a mind that was educated, reasonable and clear...  you might even find some NY and DC journalists that remarked on how Brown's actual character was so inconsistent with the image held by the public... might say that this was just another case of media "sensationalism".... but think about the narrative that exists to this day.... then compare that narrative with other "approved versions" that also exist today... demonizing the religious aspects of the Abolition movement (or at least making it too uncomfortable for "reasonable" folks to consider) the so-called "intellectual progressives" of the East and newly-formed Republican Party basically took credit for the end of slavery...  the "moral" movement became a wholly political one....with the political circles getting all the accolades and profits...

    ....even today, how many people even know that Harriet Tubman and other famous figures of the "Underground Railroad" (and the Railroad itself) were organized under their various church affiliations?

    ...if you think that's all "ancient history," then think of the Civil Rights movement... how many people today think that it began in the 1960s instead of the 1860s?

    ...this is more than just "modern bias"...this is result of the Boomer generation building an ideology that rejected everything that came before them as being "less civilized and less educated"... the result is that they gave themselves credit for "changing America" and many today take that as historical fact... again, the Narrative becomes history... instead of thinking "what was wrong with people back then?"... perhaps more meaningful answers might come if we asked ourselves "where did I get these impressions of history.....and who has profited most from them?"

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    John Brown was an extremist abolitionist. It's not unusual to see extremists using violence for their cause even today. I don't know where you got the blacks/Israelites connection. You should backtrack and follow it that way. 

  • 1 month ago

    Religion has always been a good way to get people on your side and make them do what you want.    Look at Mohammed and his jihad.   You think he would have been able to rally the Arabs to go to war with darn near everyone if he did not promise them a bunch of virgins?     Look at the Christian Crusades.   Look at the wars between Catholics and Protestants.   Look at how the Pope gave his official blessing to Europeans taking over the New World in the name of Jesus and Salvation.   John Brown was just playing the religion card like so many before and after him.  

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