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One-Day Seminar: John Brown’s Legacy: From Kansas to Harper’s Ferry hosted by South Carolina Council for History Education (Held Online)

January 30 @ 8:30 am - 12:15 pm

John Brown’s 1859 raid on the federal arsenal in Harper’s Ferry, VA was a pivotal moment in America’s road to Civil War. Opinions of Brown’s tactics mostly, but not exclusively divided along sectional lines. Many Northerners saw him as a courageous hero of abolition while southerner saw him as a terrorist. Harper’s Ferry, however, was not Brown’s first exposure to bloodshed over the issue of slavery. After joining his sons in Kansas in 1855, he led a retaliatory raid on Potawatomie, Kansas where five pro-slavery settlers were slaughtered.

Join our discussion of Brown’s violent life story in Kansas and in Harper’s Ferry and the role in played in the American Civil War.

Because this is a discussion-based seminar, participation will be limited to 20 participants. Participants will receive an electronic copy of the Course Readings (found here) to prepare for the seminar and to use in their classrooms.


January 30
8:30 am - 12:15 pm
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