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"Paupers" in "On the Death of John Brown"


On the Death of John Brown, William Lloyd Garrison, 1859

William Lloyd Garrison gave this tribute in 1859 to John Brown of Kansas, a militant abolitionist who attempted to use force to free the slaves in the South. Brown was captured after he and a group of men seized the Federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, was tried and executed for treason, murder, and inciting slaves to rebellion.

Garrison, William Lloyd. "On the Death of John Brown." Boston. 2 Dec. 1859. Historyplace.com. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

In the context of the passage as a whole, the author describes those who tried and convicted John Brown as "paupers" in line 19 because


thieves have taken all of their earnings.


anyone who upholds slavery is morally bankrupt.


a division in the Union will cause the country to have financial hardships.


John Brown has freed slaves, and thus taken their property.


traveling to Kansas to Brown's trial has cost much money.