Debunking a Myth

Debunking a Myth – Why Did John Brown Go To Harper’s Ferry?

My dear friend and fellow John Brown researcher, Louis A. DeCaro, Jr., featured this topic on his blog “John Brown the Abolitionist — A Biographer’s Blog” on January 14th.

This has long been a point of argument with John Brown defenders and John Brown opponents – Why did Brown take the armory that night?  DeCaro has addressed this question many times in his research and books and now presents it in a short video. The video features some stunning artwork of John Brown.

Click here to visit his Blog and view this informative film.

Let me know your thoughts about the film in the comments below.


Louis A DeCaro, Jr. is Associate Professor of church history and Director of the New York City campus of Alliance Theological Seminary. Quite without intending to do so, Lou has become the most prolific John Brown biographer in 150 years, and his two latest contributions have been published by Rowman and Littlefield. Freedom’s Dawn: The Last Days of John Brown in Virginia, is the first full length narrative of the abolitionist’s last days, with its companion, John Brown Speaks: Letters and Statements from Charlestown(2015). Lou’s “Fire from the Midst of You”: A Religious Life of John Brown(NYU Press, 2002), was the first full length bio of Brown in the 21st century. In 2007, he published a corrective monograph, John Brown–the Cost of Freedom (International Publishers). He has also produced two essay collections, John Brown: The Man Who Lived, in honor of the sesquicentennial of the Harper’s Ferry raid (Lulu, 2009), and John Brown, Emancipator (Lulu, 2012). He has also contributed chapters and reviews for scholarly books and journals.