150 years since John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry
* 150 Years Ago Today: Abolitionist John Brown Raided Arsenal at Harpers Ferry in Attempt to Start Slave Insurrection in South *
Commemorations are being held in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland today to mark the 150th anniversary of abolitionist John Brown´s raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry. We end today´s show with a reading of John Brown´s address to the court in Virginia that ordered his hanging. Actor Harris Yulin read his words as part of a larger reading of Howard Zinn´s classic work, A People´s History of the United States. Yulin was followed by James Earl Jones reading Frederick Douglass.
Read The Old Man: John Brown at Harpers Ferry, Truman Nelson´s dramatic and engaging biography of one of American history´s greatest and least celebrated heros.