"Posterity will owe everlasting thanks to John Brown for lifting up once more to the gaze of a nation grown fat and flabby on the garbage of lust and oppression, a true standard of heroic philanthropy, and each coming generation will pay its installment of the debt. . . . John Brown saw slavery through no mist or cloud, but in a light of infinite brightness, which left no one of its ten thousand horrors concealed." Frederick Douglass

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Contagious Example

"Captain John Brown, the 'marching-on Brown,' once said to Emerson that 'for a settler in a new country, one good believing man is worth a hundred, nay, worth a thousand men without character.' His example is so contagious, that all other men are directly and beneficially influenced by him, and he insensibly elevates and lifts them up to his own standard of energetic activity."
Excerpt from anonymous author, “Companionship and Example” (1884), transcribed on the website, Old and Sold: Over 35,000 Scholarly Articles.


Image: John Brown in Hudson, Ohio.  Daguerreotype made in late 1856 by an unknown photographer.  According to documentarian Jean Libby, it is a sixth plate daguerreotype (mirror view).  It is held in the Boston Atheneum (UTB-6, 5.4 broj (no. 1).  See Jean Libby, John Brown Photo Chronology: Catalogue of the Exhibition at Harpers Ferry 2009 (Palo Alto, Calif.: Allies for Freedom, 2009), pages 32-33. 

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