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John Brown's Body

John Brown's Body

By Alexander Baggett
A narrative history of the life and adventures of John Brown in the 12 years leading up to his fateful raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859.
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John Brown's Body: Introduction

John Brown's Body

Episode 7: A Crime Against Kansas and the Caining of Charles Sumner
The violence in Kansas is now spilling over into Washington, as one of the most famous examples of partisan politics in America takes place on the Senate floor. Meanwhile, in Kansas, the town of Lawrence is attacked again, and John Brown takes matters into his own hands.
September 9, 2020
Episode 6: The Wakarusa War/The Kikapoo Rangers
John Brown and his boys finally arrive in Lawrence to defend the outnumbered free-soilers. Ruffians murder one more Free-statesman, and John Brown begins work on his most diabolical plans yet.
August 23, 2020
Episode 5: Radical/A Lot of Walking/ Recipe for a Civil War/ The Beginning of the Wakarusa War
John Brown makes a bold statement to the Convention of Radical Abolitionists and begins his ascent into Kansas. Then the political tensions in the Kansas Territory reach a boiling point and set the stage for the first armed conflict between the Free-Soil and Pro-Slavery forces.
May 7, 2020
Episode 4: How to Move West in 1855/How to Win an Election in Kansas
We follow John Brown's five sons as they make the harrowing voyage west to make a new home in Kansas. Then we follow the first-hand accounts in three different Kansas towns as pro-slavery forces make their first attack in what will become known as Bleeding Kansas.
April 13, 2020
Episode 3: Bad Timing/The Trial of Anthony Burns/A Boston Ballad, By Walt Whitman
In this episode we find out the whereabouts of 'Ol John Brown; the fate of Anthony Burns; and we hear an obscure poem by Walt Whitman inspired by the events which take place during this episode. Please enjoy!
April 1, 2020
Episode 2: Sent from Heaven/Beginning of the End/The Arrest of Anthony Burns
John Brown escapes his creditors by answering another man's prayers. Meanwhile, the Antebellum South continues to suck really hard as they tighten their grasp on the American people. And finally, part 1 of the two-part saga of Anthony Burns! 
March 28, 2020
Episode 1: An Ambitious Proposal/John Brown Plays the Markets
We begin our story in a gloomy industrial quarter of Springfield Massachusetts, 1847. 
March 19, 2020
John Brown's Body: Introduction
An introduction to my "Social Distancing Project"
March 19, 2020