MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
John “Oswatomie” Brown and the Present Revolution
I pass on just one essay today, an essay I think most readers will not have seen or read. In our present climate where everything is meticulously measured and scrupulously evaluated by hyper-fanatic totalitarian-wannabes for fealty and strict obedience to a new and ever-advancing “anti-racist” narrative, our history is being radically re-written. Everything these days must agree with the ironclad racial narrative—which is more severe and unforgiving than any ukase by a Russian tsar or infallible proclamation by the Roman pontiff.
In this regard, Jim Bovard takes a refreshing look at the historical figure of the terrorist John “Oswatomie” Brown, with fascinating research and information.
Pass it on to a “woke” friend, if you still have one:
Yet poets Thoreau and Emerson made him a god and helped spark the Civil War.
Thoreau and Emerson rallied northern opinion to view Brown as a martyr; Emerson also explicitly Brown as a “new saint” and him “the rarest of heroes, a pure idealist.” David Reynolds, a CUNY professor and author of a book on how John Brown “sparked the Civil War,” in 2013 that Thoreau and Emerson’s “bold, virtually solitary public support of John Brown rescued Brown from infamy.” Thoreau and Emerson swayed northerners to see Brown as a hero; Thoreau’s “plea” concluded with a call for vengeance against the South. As a result, “many Southerners viewed the raid as a larger Northern scheme to directly attack the South, leading to and accelerating the approach of secession in 1861,” as the American Battlefield Trust noted.