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Well, not exactly.  Perspectives and opinions are important, but they do not answer the question in historical terms.  First, Brown did not kill people "in front of their wives and kids."  That's not the case.   Second, the five men who were killed were terrorists plotting to attack the Browns and others.  Furthermore, there was no functioning law officer in Kansas territory when this happened, and the territory was overrun by pro-slavery terrorists.  So much of what is said about Brown is just based on prejudice and/or a lack of information.  Likewise, Brown was not plotting a rebellion with the deliberate intention of killing "innocent" people.  He only planned on fighting in self-defense as he led enslaved people away from bondage.  The real question is: can you make objective moral judgments on the man without taking into account the reality of slavery, its injustices, and the absolute lack of any legal means of liberating human beings?  Respectfully, this is not about "point of view," but about facts, and when all the facts are weighed, Brown must be weighed in history as a great man despite his imperfections.

“Okay,” I said, wracking my brain. “The truth is, after I finished my essay I took a nap. I had the craziest dream! There were thousands of trees around me, so close that I couldn’t fit through them. I tried to climb over but I was stuck. It was thundering and getting dark. Suddenly I realized the trees had eyes and mouths. They stared at me! The tallest angriest tree said ‘James, you killed my family to write an essay about how living green saves the environment! You’re murdering us one page at a time!’ The other trees wailed and grabbed at me with their branches. It was scary! I woke up screaming! I just can’t use paper Mrs. Cox. If you have to fail me, fail me. But my essay will be just as good if I type it up and turn it in online. Save the trees!” I threw my fist up in the air for effect.

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