Case Of Religious Fanaticism At Harper's Ferry Book Report

Length: 4 pages Sources: 10 Subject: Mythology - Religion Type: Book Report Paper: #21044463 Related Topics: Autobiographical, Conformity, Religious, Great Compromise
Excerpt from Book Report :

Midnight Rising

Religious beliefs were the sustaining platform for the positions on slavery of both Robert E. Lee and John Brown, although both men were compelled in disparate directions as a result of their faith. John Brown's Calvinist background shaped his perceptions about the sinfulness of slavery and his strict upbringing led him to believe that the sinful practice slavery would only be won through relentless battle. Robert E. Lee was raised an Episcopalian, a variable that supported his belief that slavery would exist until God ended the practice.

The nineteenth century male, as he might be characterized in a reductionist fashion, was the officially ordained head of his household, who was most likely to be spending considerable time away from the home -- in the corrupt realm of public enterprise. Decision-making was the purview of males, which naturally included standards for commerce, politics, civic roles, and home life. Life in the states at the time of Brown's birth, for instance, crawled at a pre-industrial pace -- a pace that would pick up markedly by 1859 when industrial growth and expansion of cultivated land placed a premium on slaves. Horowitz described "a vibrant market" for slaves who were sold to Southern plantation owners (16). A pervasive thread running through the fabric of nineteenth century life was a resolute conviction that religion must function as the hub around which all other aspects of life revolve. The issue of slavery was considered to be in complete conformity with the nineteenth century male perspective -- a perspective that was absolutely dyadic depending largely on, at least in the United States, upon one's geographic...

...

Indeed, the lives and times of Robert E. Lee and John Brown serve well as illustration of this North-South dynamic. Hearing of the watershed deal call ed the Missouri Compromise of 1820 -- which would become the platform for the 30-year "dtente [sic] over slavery's spread," -- Thomas Jefferson was said to have remarked, "This momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror" (Horowitz 15).

The rule of law in John Brown's life was "hard work and strict piety" (Horowitz 10) and it was conditioned by the idea of being a servant leader. Brown's father relocated many times -- as did Brown as an adult -- striving to find a place where he was needed and could fit in. At the tender age of five, Brown's family traveled by oxcart to live in a "godly settlement" in northeast Ohio where communities that held to a Congregationalist creed were established (Horowitz 11). Brown's own life trajectory was presaged in his father's words at the time, "I came with the determination to build up and be a help in the seport [sic] of religion and civil order" (Horowitz 10). Brown's father was a formidable presence in his life -- surviving two wives and marrying a third -- whose code was piety and hard work, but also chastisement and punishment for sin. His religious training taken to heart, for a time Brown studied to be a minister, becoming a "firm believer in the divine authority of the Bible" (Horowitz 11). That Brown was unafraid of committing himself pell-mell and full tilt to an endeavor -- whether work or a cause -- is evident; he was so "ambitious to perform the full labor of a man" that, at twelve years of age, he single-handedly drove a herd of his father's cattle one hundred miles (Horowitz 11).

Robert E. Lee's convictions regarding slavery were decidedly those…

Sources Used in Documents:

Works Cited

Horwitz, Tony. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. New York, NY: Henry Hold & Company. 2011.

[Type text]


Cite this Document:

"Case Of Religious Fanaticism At Harper's Ferry" (2014, November 18) Retrieved January 28, 2022, from
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/case-of-religious-fanaticism-at-harper-ferry-2153360

"Case Of Religious Fanaticism At Harper's Ferry" 18 November 2014. Web.28 January. 2022. <
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/case-of-religious-fanaticism-at-harper-ferry-2153360>

"Case Of Religious Fanaticism At Harper's Ferry", 18 November 2014, Accessed.28 January. 2022,
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/case-of-religious-fanaticism-at-harper-ferry-2153360

Related Documents
Pre-Sentence Investigation
Words: 701 Length: 2 Pages Topic: Criminal Justice Paper #: 96465882

Pre-sentence investigation reports are a controversial element among criminal justice professionals. Theoretically, they enable the court to make better-educated decisions about sentencing by providing a comprehensive overview of a defendant's history. "The pre-sentencing report prepared by the pre-sentencing probation officer is a summary of relevant information on the defendant's life put together for the purpose of arriving at an appropriate sentencing recommendation. The defendant's criminal history, mitigating circumstances in the

Pre-Sentence Investigation Onondaga County Probation Department Presentence...
Words: 1160 Length: 4 Pages Topic: Sports - Drugs Paper #: 51505077

Pre-Sentence Investigation ONONDAGA COUNTY PROBATION DEPARTMENT PRESENTENCE REPORT Court: Onondaga County Case No.: 11-4949 Indictment#: 11-1-20 Judge: Fred Friendly AKA/Maiden: N/A DR#: N/A Prosecutor: James Joyce Age/DOB: 10/01/81 Court Cont.#: N/A Main St. NYSID#: 937532 Legal Counsel: Tim Tom Tully, NY 13159 FBI#: 328-488-94 Phone [HIDDEN] Offense Date: 11/11/11 Arrest Date: 11/12/11 Conviction Date: 12/11/11 Original Charges: Stalking 2nd Final Conviction: Stalking 4th Charge Code: 120.45 NYS Penal Law A Class B Misdemeanor Codefendant/Correspondent: N/A Restitution: N. Relationship to Victim: Acquaint. Victim Impact: Sent:

Pre-Sentence Investigation Defense Attorney Jim Aiken Narcotics
Words: 2924 Length: 9 Pages Topic: Criminal Justice Paper #: 94103077

Pre-Sentence Investigation Defense Attorney Jim Aiken Narcotics Detective Homicide Detective Miranda The Miranda rights were formulated in 1966 by the U.S. Supreme court after a case between Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda rights relate to the frights of an individual when that person is being taken into custody by the police and before that individual is being questioned. The individual should be read out and told about his rights according to the Fifth Amendment so that

Pre-Trial Process
Words: 617 Length: 2 Pages Topic: Business - Law Paper #: 1515728

Criminal Trials and Sentencing Pre-Trial Process Post Arrest In a 2010 report, it is stated that Courtney Elizabeth Hernandez, of Killeen, Texas, was charged with the kidnapping of a 2-1/2-year-old girl. The Defendant was given permission by the mother of the child, who was stationed at Fort Hood as a soldier in the United States Army, to take the child camping. The child's mother contacted the defendant on the 5th of July 2010

Sentencing Disparities Between Crack Cocaine
Words: 8900 Length: 32 Pages Topic: Sports - Drugs Paper #: 18856717

The judge must choose a sentence from within the guideline range unless the court identifies an aggravating or mitigating circumstance that was not adequately considered by the Sentencing Commission. In mandatory minimum drug cases, judges can depart only upon motion from the government stating that a defendant has provided substantial assistance in the investigation or prosecution of another person. All guideline drug sentences are indirectly affected by the mandatory minimums.

Corrections - Probation Criminal Justice
Words: 457 Length: 2 Pages Topic: Criminal Justice Paper #: 72606980

Careful attention must be applied to assure that the monies are being delegated to the right fund and that all probationers are reporting in a timely manner. IV. Advantages/Disadvantages of Administration at State & County Level There are advantages and disadvantages of administration of Probation on the County as well as on the State level known to exist. Resources and funding is more often than not very limited in County and