Primary Source: John Brown's Address to the Virginia Court in 1859

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The text of John Brown's 1859 Address to the Virginia Court refers to him as 'heroic', indicating which bias by its author?

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1. What aspects of his actions at Harper's Ferry make it difficult to reconcile the claim in John Brown's 1859 Address to the Virginia Court that he did not intend to foster rebellion or insurrection?

2. What is the reason that John Brown's 1859 Address to the Virginia Court features a reference to wealthy, powerful people, followed up with biblical references?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Try this multiple-choice assessment to see how much you remember about John Brown's address to the Virginia Court in 1859. Areas that will be covered include the bias of the author who transcribed Brown's address and how Brown's actions at Harper's Ferry contradict his address.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These points will be addressed when you take the quiz:

  • Reason Brown connects the Bible with wealthy people
  • Brown's reference to the 'further' mingling of his blood
  • The way his speech portrays him as a good leader

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of Brown's reference to the Bible in his address and how it's connected to wealthy people
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the bias of the author who transcribed Brown's address
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions on how Brown's actions at Harper's Ferry contradicts the words in his address and the reason Brown mentions the 'further' mingling of his blood

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