John Brown Discussion Questions

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

John Brown was an abolitionist whose fighting spirit resulted in violence against proponents of slavery and ended with his execution. Use these discussion questions to help middle or high school students learn about this important historical figure.

John Brown Discussion Questions

John Brown's fearless insurrection against proslavery forces in the 19th century South and across the country remains an essential part of American history. Some claim that his actions at Harper's Ferry led to a quicker move toward the Civil War. Use these discussion questions to guide your middle or high school students in their exploration of his early life, violent acts of insurrection, and the legacy he left behind after his execution. You may want to use the questions as a springboard for a group discussion or provide a list of questions to student teams. Alternatively, you could also use them to engage in a one-on-one conversation with a single student.

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