American Experience; John Brown's Holy War; Interview with author Russell Banks, 3 of 5
Part of John Brown's Holy War Interviews.
Banks talks about Violence - American tradition of principled violence, Pott., Pottawatomie - not born terrorists, must up the ante, Pottawatomie - context of progression, defining moments, Pottawatomie - turning point, Pottawatomie - not strategic, response to frustration and despair, Kansas - people interested in land and $, not slaves and descendants, Business - wanted $ so he could devote time to doing Lord's work, Business/Failure - had to live divided life, painful conflict, Failure - dependence on others humiliating, Business/Father - conflict b/t God's work, responsibility, Failure - life going down tubes, unfair, Failure - small debts enormous to him, Personality - obsessive, pursued goals relentlessly, Travel/Old Man - slow arduous travel, esp. for an old man, Europe - John Brown description, must've looked peculiar, Waterloo - single - mindedness of purpose there, Europe - reported on livestock (pigs) not culture, architecture, Underground RR - John Brown involved as adolescent in Ohio thru father, Underground RR - John Brown thrilled to act, do Lord's work, Underground RR - John Brown saw economic dimension, Plan/Douglass - would have been more successful w/ Douglass, Raid/Martyr - why did John Brown stay? deliberate act of martyrdom, Martyring Sons - morally difficult/ambiguous aspect of John Brown
- American Experience
- John Brown's Holy War
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Interview with author Russell Banks, 3 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.
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- Media Type
- Robert Kenner (Producer)
- Banks, Russell (Interviewee)
- Publication Information
- WGBH Educational Foundation
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Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation
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