The Trial of John Brown
Lecture no. 4 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom
Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
John Brown was an abolitionist who believed he could end slavery by arming the slaves. His plan, however, came to a tragic end at Harper’s Ferry, VA, when guards were killed as he seized the federal armory and only a few slaves joined his revolt. Instead, Brown was charged with treason, murder, and slave insurrection. Learn how John Brown’s trial and execution nevertheless played a significant role in the eventual end of slavery in the United States.