Famous Trials

The Trial of John Brown

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"Tragic Prelude" by John Steuart Curry (Kansas State Capitol in Topeka)
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Brown's Interview & Address to the Court
Brown's Prison
Thoreau's  Plea
for Brown
The Trial of John Brown
  • by Douglas Linder (c) 2005
  • "Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I say, let it be done."
    --John Brown, statement at his sentencing on Nov. 2, 1859
    "[John Brown is] that new saint, than whom none purer or more brave was ever led by love of men into conflict and death,--the new saint awaiting his martyrdom, and who, if he shall suffer, will make the gallows glorious like the cross."
    --Ralph Waldo Emerson, from his lecture "Courage," delivered in Boston on Nov. 8, 1859

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