John Brown's Holy War

Overview

This 90-minute PBS documentary chronicles the turbulent life and times of Connecticut-born, Calvinist-raised abolitionist John Brown. His fervent hatred of slavery led Brown down the road of fanaticism after passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which allowed settlers of the Western territories to determine themselves whether or not they would establish "slave" or "free" states. In response to the pro-slave "Border Ruffians" who descended upon Kansas, Brown and his sons conducted a campaign of terror and ...
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Overview

This 90-minute PBS documentary chronicles the turbulent life and times of Connecticut-born, Calvinist-raised abolitionist John Brown. His fervent hatred of slavery led Brown down the road of fanaticism after passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which allowed settlers of the Western territories to determine themselves whether or not they would establish "slave" or "free" states. In response to the pro-slave "Border Ruffians" who descended upon Kansas, Brown and his sons conducted a campaign of terror and retribution throughout the territory, culminating in the infamous Pottawatamie Massacre. Brown's mission came to a bloody but not ignominious end at Harper's Ferry in 1859. Rather than taking an editorial stand, John Brown's Holy War permits the viewer to determine whether Brown was a madman or a martyr.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2005
  • UPC: 841887006101
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,401

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Morton Voice Only
Technical Credits
Robert Kenner Director, Producer
Ken Chowder Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- John Brown's Holy War
2. A National Symbol [3:48]
3. Religious Principles [8:40]
4. A Pledge to End Slavery [9:51]
5. The Slavery Debate [6:47]
6. The Pottawatomie Massacre [11:49]
7. Northern Sympathizers [9:48]
8. Harpers Ferry [15:42]
9. Immortalized [10:19]
10. Credits [1:28]
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Disc #1 -- John Brown's Holy War
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