Weighing John Brown John J. Miller]
Comments are rolling in on articlemy WSJ about Harpers Ferry, John Brown, and Stephen Vincent Benét’s poem about it all.
This one came by e-mail:
Hmm, how to weigh Stephen Vincent Benét? The same as anyone else that romanticizes a violent terrorist.
This one is posted on the WSJ site:
John Brown you made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of America’s slaves! RIP brave sir!!!
Both are right, both are wrong — John Brown is one of the most compelling and complicated men in American history. That’s why Benét wrote about him, that’s why we keep arguing about him a century and a half later.