On October 16, 1859, John Brown led a small army of 18 men into the small town of Harper's Ferry, Virginia. His plan was to instigate a major slave rebellion in the South. He would seize the arms and ammunition in the federal arsenal, arm slaves in the area and move south along the Appalachian Mountains, attracting slaves to his cause. To many Northerners, John Brown was a martyr and a hero; to Southerners, he was a terrorists that cemented the divide between North and South.
This product gives 7 short excerpts (with guiding questions) and pictures to explore the idea of whether John Brown was a hero or a villain. Students are asked to address the a prompt and to justify their answer using evidence from the excerpts. Great way to align your study of John Brown to the Common Core and a way to engage students in critical thinking! Ready to use!
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