Dec. 2, 2019

Admiration and Ambivalence: Frederick Douglass and John Brown

Today on the 160th anniversary of John Brown’s death on the gallows December 2, 1859. I read an essay written by Yale Professor David W. Blight that connects some of the dots in the relationship between John Brown and Frederick Douglass. I understand the importance and the magnitude of John Brown’s failed raid on the Federa Armory On October 16, 1859 as it relates to the searing of our nation and the eventual Civil War. John Brown was depicted in the history books I read as a crazed white man totally out of control, totally out of his senses. However, John Brown sacrificed so much to end the evils of slavery. We must give this man his due because he saw evil and paid the ultimate price to see it erased. Frederick Douglass may not have agreed with his methods but understood the need for a violent uprising to end this evil system.