Lincoln’s Election, Southern Secession: 1860 to April 1861

John Brown’s Failure

Was John Brown as important a figure as we sometimes hear? Or was he a delusional person who just happened to be in the right place at the right time?

That Brown has an aura of romance, even of godliness, about him cannot be denied. That he was “lucky” in some respects is also accurate. But there was very little that happened to him by way of accident. He was one of those truly self-determined individuals who make things happen.


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