According to Benjamin Quarles on his book, Allies for Freedom & Blacks on John Brown, “In 1906 a commemoration of the 100th Birthday of John Brown was celebrated by nearly 100 admirers who assembled at Harpers Ferry to commemorate his sacrifice to the cause of freedom for the slave. Many tried to characterize John Brown as “crazy,” but all of those in attendance at this event saw him as a hero. No one who ever met Brown thought him “crazy?” This was the fabrication created by pro-slavery men. As the attendees went to the site were John Brown lost his life in an attack against the Federal Arsenal and against slavery, they marched single file singing the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic.’”
John Brown was so loved by millions of black people and others that many African Americans named themselves John Brown or used his name in phrases. Brown was hanged in 1859. Those witnessing his execution included the despicable traitor Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson. These two villains would support slavery and become traitors to the United States. Robert E. Lee was a brutal slave owner and not some noble gentleman like the present day neo-confederate propaganda machine spits out. John Brown’s last words just before being hung were prophetic when he said, “I John Brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land: will never be purged away; but with blood. I had as I now think: vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed; it might be done.” He knew he would not live after attacking the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia but his actions is what actually had more to do with starting the Civil War than the Fort Sumter battle. As we all know, it would take hundreds of thousands of lives (over 600,000) in a Civil War to finally end the brutal regime of slavery that existed in the United States. John Brown believed in legal equality for African Americans and never though them lazy as crazed racists of today spew out. Brown was unbending in his belief that African Americans were the full equals of whites. John Brown, the white man, remains a hero to African Americans to this day.
Famous people spoke out in support of John Brown and his war against slavery. Victor Hugo, the author of “Les Misérables” and the “Hunchback of Notre Dame” said, “A white man, a free man, John Brown, sought to deliver these black slaves from bondage. Assuredly, if insurrection is ever a sacred duty, it must be when it is directed against slavery. John Brown endeavored to commence the work of emancipation by the liberation of slaves in Virginia.” Henry David Thoreau also had words to day about John Brown. Although initially shocked by Brown's exploits, many Northerners began to speak favorably of the militant abolitionist. "He did not recognize unjust human laws, but resisted them," said Henry David Thoreau in an address to the citizens of Concord, Massachusetts. "No man in America has ever stood up so persistently and effectively for the dignity of human nature. . . ." These comments are left out of history books, especially in the South, as whole generations of people have been brainwashed by a white supremacist education.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said that John Brown, “For himself, (Captain John Brown) is so transparent that all men see him through. He is a man to make friends wherever on earth courage and integrity are esteemed, the rarest of heroes, and a pure idealist, with no by-ends of his own.” Southerners, even to this day, have no real knowledge of the heroic actions of John Brown, and modern day bigots still provide fake history about him.These same bigots also claim that Congress and others reconciled the war between the North and the South, but there was never any real reconciliation except between Southern and Northern racist congressmen who supported segregation. These political hacks sought to exclude blacks from Civil War reenactments and often had all-white events as they fired puffy bullets at each other in a mockery of history.
In conclusion, let’s clear up a few confederate lies. The Civil War was centrally about slavery, and Robert E. Lee was a brutal slave owner. Blacks did not fight for the confederacy in any real way, but were forced to pose in photos with unloaded guns and confederate uniforms on. To sum it up, in paraphrasing a biblical quote from the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, he said it all when he said that by hanging Brown, Robert E. Lee and the rest of the dishonorable bigots were, “sowing the wind to reap the whirlwind, which will come soon” (The Civil War).