By Thomas Fleming
By the time John Brown hung from the gallows for his crimes at Harper’s Ferry, Northern abolitionists had made him a “holy martyr” of their crusade opposed to Southern slave proprietors. This Northern hatred for Southerners lengthy predated their objections to slavery. They have been confident that New England, whose spokesmen had all started the yank Revolution, must have been the chief of the recent kingdom. as a substitute, they'd been displaced via Southern “slavocrats” like Thomas Jefferson.
This malevolent envy exacerbated the South’s maximum worry: a race battle. Jefferson’s cry, “We are actually to be pitied,” summed up their dread. for many years, extremists in either areas flung insults and threats, developing intractable enmities. by means of 1861, just a civil warfare that will kill one million males may possibly retailer the Union.
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