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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. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

The author's strategy in lines 49-58 is to


incite readers to choose a path they may disagree with.


moralize about the injustices of slavery.


create sympathy for those who face injustice.


belittle those with an opposing point of view.


advocate for negotiations with slaveholding states.

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