Secession and Civil War

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How did John Brown's reputation differ in the North and South?

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The fundamentally different perception of John Brown in the North and the South reflected the deep divisions in America before the Civil War.  Such divergence might also bring to light how America would not be able to bridge such a gap, in which war would become inevitable.  Southerners saw Brown as an example of Northern abolitionism and Northern tendencies unchecked.  The fundamental fear of the South at the time was that the North would use the force of the federal government to compel the South to abandon the cause of slavery and the traditional ways that were so strong associated with it. The...

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