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American Experience; John Brown's Holy War; Interview with historian James Horton, 5 of 5

Part of John Brown's Holy War Interviews.

2000

Horton talks about Sanity - people today assume John Brown black, else traitor to his race, Sanity - if black not insane, John Brown traitor/John Brown freedom fighter, Icon - whites see John Brown as insane, blacks see him as hero, Icon - martyr, forced US to face its contradiction, failure, Hanging - John Brown at peace, did what he could, Icon - John Brown brought moral force to bear, Raid - ensured war would be about abolishing slavery, Boston - 1850s, slave power conspiracy dangerous to whites too


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Series
American Experience
Program
John Brown's Holy War
Program Number

1205

Title

Interview with historian James Horton, 5 of 5

Series Description

As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award.

Program Description

Martyr, madman, murderer, hero: John Brown remains one of history's most controversial and misunderstood figures. In the 1850s, he and his ragtag guerrilla group embarked on a righteous crusade against slavery that was based on religious faith -- yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution at Harpers Ferry sparked a chain of events that led to the Civil War.

Duration

0:22:39

Asset Type

Raw video

Media Type

Video

Topics
History
Creators
Robert Kenner (Producer)
Contributors
Horton, James (Interviewee)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Rights Summary

Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation

Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; John Brown's Holy War; Interview with historian James Horton, 5 of 5,” 2000, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FC6CF3339ED44AA893715E8188C3708C.
MLA: “American Experience; John Brown's Holy War; Interview with historian James Horton, 5 of 5.” 2000. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FC6CF3339ED44AA893715E8188C3708C>.
APA: American Experience; John Brown's Holy War; Interview with historian James Horton, 5 of 5. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FC6CF3339ED44AA893715E8188C3708C
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