KH8B3I4: Describe the role of important
individuals during the territorial period (e.g.,
KH8B8I3Æ8: Examines and analyzes historical
documents and artifacts.
History 5-12, S1A: Explain the causes of the
Civil War and evaluate the importance of slavery as
a principle cause of the conflict.
John Brown came to Kansas to support the
John Brown was tried and hanged for treason
after leading a raid on Harpers Ferry.
Was John Brown a terrorist or a martyr?
Was John Brown typical
of the abolitionists
working to make Kansas a state free of slavery?
Do the ends
justify the means?
Provide context for the lesson by placing John Brown within
the period of Kansas Territory and the years
just before the start of the Civil War. Share with the class
that John Brown was a complex man. Some
consider him a martyr and others a terrorist.
2. Pass out the “Getting
to Know John Brown” cards.
Using the cards, have students organize into two
groups— “What did John Brown say?” and “What
did others say about John Brown?”
3. Complete the “Who is John Brown?” worksheet
using the information on the cards. Discuss what students
included on their worksheets.
4. Using the cards, class
discussion, and worksheet, have students write an epitaph
for John Brown.
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