"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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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Johnny Cash as John Brown

Cash as Brown, "North and South" (1985)


Chris said...

I am writing a book about Native Hawaiians in New England in the early 1800s. Some attended the Morris Academy approximately the same time as John Brown and his brother. They studied in a parsonage near the Academy nicknamed the Heathen School. I am trying to find the exact months JB attended the Academy to see if the crossed paths. His instructor Vaill, who wrote JB in prison, was later involved with the Hawaiians. also seeking Vaill's papers if they exist.

Louis A. DeCaro, Jr. . . said...

Hi Chris,

Thank you for your note. I don't think we know the specific months of Brown's time at Morris Academy, although it would have been perhaps spring 1817, if not the entire academic year of 1816-17. As far as I've read, the Foreign Mission School (proper name), or "Heathen School," was located on a farm at Cornwall, northeast of Morris. Not sure about Vaill's papers, but we'd both love to find them of great interest. My assumption is that young John would have had some encounters with Vaill's other students, and most certainly in prayer meetings, if not in other settings. louis.decaro@nyack.edu

Louis A. DeCaro, Jr. . . said...


Sorry, Cornwall would be northwest of Morris.--LD