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John Browns raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry Virginia In October 1859involved only a handful of abolitionists freed no slaves and was over in two days Although many Northerners condemned the raid by 1863 John Brown had become a heroand a martyr in the North The views about John Brown expressed in the documentsillustrate the strained relationship between the North and South before the civil war1859-1860 and the severely crippled relationship after the civil warIn 1859 before the Civil war the Northern-Southern relationship was strained withsuch laws as the Kansas-Nebraska act legalizing slavery through popular soveirgnty inies and the Dredd Scott decision practically legalizing slavery in any territorywithoutpopular soveriegnty Soon after John Browns famous raid Northerners condemnedhimDoc A for combating a great evilSlavery in an unfit waythrough fighting Theysaid this because it was unconstitutional to fight without going through the governmentand there are other ways to get rid of slavery This basically was a last ditch effort to savethe south from succeeding from the union and to hold the thread that was holding therelations of the North and South together By 1860 the dreaded election of 1860 was here and the Civil war would soonstart due to the Railsplitter Lincoln winning the election Views of John Brown in theNorth were gaining more momentum as he became more popularDoc D MoreNortherners began to feel it that John Brown had done it the right way The Democrats atthis time were using tactics to use John Brown against the Republicans that were for itthis failed and showed that most northerners were with John Brown all the wayDoc E He began to be more like a martyr in the north toward the end of 1860Doc F WhenLincoln was elected the South immediately succeeded and the Civil war began shortlyafter During the Civil War John Brown rose to Hero and Martyr status and a famoussong of the civil war was pledged to himDoc G In Conclusion the views
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