In 1837, in response to the murder of Elijah P. Lovejoy, Brown publicly vowed: “Here, before God, in the presence of these witnesses, from this time, I consecrate my life to the destruction of slavery!” Brown was declared bankrupt by a federal court on September 28, 1842. In 1843, four of his children died of dysentery. As Louis DeCaro Jr shows in his biographical sketch (2007), from the mid-1840s Brown had built a reputation as an expert in fine sheep and wool, and entered into a partnership with Col. Simon Perkins of Akron, Ohio, whose flocks and farms were managed by Brown and sons. Brown eventually moved into a home with his family across the street from the Perkins Stone Mansion located on Perkins Hill. The John Brown House (Akron, Ohio) still stands and is owned and operated by The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio.
Who was Lovejoy?
Elijah Parish Lovejoy (November 9, 1802 – November 7, 1837) was an American Presbyterian minister, journalist, newspaper editor and abolitionist. He was murdered by a pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois, during their attack on his warehouse to destroy his press and abolitionist materials.
Lovejoy’s father was a Congregational minister and his mother a devout Christian. He attended Waterville College (now Colby College) in his home state of Maine. From 1824 until his 1826 graduation, while still an undergraduate, he also served as headmaster of Colby’s associated high school, the Latin School (later Coburn Classical Institute). He traveled west and in 1827 settled in St. Louis, Missouri. He worked as an editor of an anti-Jacksonian newspaper, the St. Louis Observer and ran a school. Five years later, he studied at the Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and became an ordained Presbyterian preacher. Returning to St. Louis, he set up a church and resumed work as editor of the Observer. His editorials criticized slavery and other church denominations.
The Southern slave barons had been initiating violence, paying off the mob for lynchings, since at least 1830. Yet people act like John Brown was the one that initiated the violence and the aggression. They also like to excuse the South’s material inferiority as being part of Southern virtue, that they were “defending” against aggression and tyranny, rather than being the source of it. What they want to cover up is the fact that the North was industrialized and agricultural. The North did not have serfdom or slavery, so people were free to move to cities and initiate the revolution of industry. The South’s material lack, was solely due to their evil of slavery. They could have given it up anytime after 1800, or at least initiated the beginnings of reform.
The South’s Tyranny was not merely pointed at low class blacks working in the fields, but also free whites who were anti slavery. That is the “freedom” the Southern slave barons brainwashed their young males into fighting for.
But as for Brown, the recent actions of the Bundy Ranch/Family reminded me of him, so I looked him up.
He was both more than what history commonly knows him for, but also somewhat less as well.
Brown’s violent excesses were motivated in part by the violence to him and his social circle of pacifists, Quakers, abolitionists, but also by the fact that he didn’t have much of a family to live for any more. Men, who are not the shaking pacifists and cowards the Southern aristocracy accused the abolitionists of being, can do some mighty fine works of war when they have little to nothing to lose. But Bundy is different, of course, his clan is still alive. More than can be said for Waco 1 or Waco 2’s dead, of course.
Lovejoy was only one of the many many people who Slavery forces harassed, killed, lynched, shot at, or chased off. To the Southern land owners… whites were just another form of cattle and livestock, better than the blacks yes… but only in the sense of a prized dog being better than their black field hands.
Message from a member of the Oregon op. People throw around False Flag op a lot these days. But even the Abraham Lincoln brigade, a Communist false flag recruiting tool, were made out of patriots and loyalists. Don’t forget the names and causes of the real deal. Especially if they are trapped by forces beyond their comprehension.