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The United States was already deeply divided over pro and anti slavery ideologies. John Brown's militant stance and failed effort to steal weapons and mount a slave insurrection, while glorified by such a champion of civil unrest as Henry David Thoreau, who believed Brown's execution would elicit a rallying cry from all abolitionists, some well known abolitionist leaders like William Lloyd Garrison decried the action as the work of a misguided lunatic. However, almost universally in the south, the belief was that all northerners agreed with Brown's actions and were actively plotting their demise.

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The conviction of James Brown and other Harper's Ferry conspirators, were deemed to be justified and the death sentence, for those times, for his act against the United States, seemed proper. They discounted the "martyr" idea that some Northern abolitionists tried to tag Brown with.In reality, US citizens, both North and South condemned Brown's violent acts. Most US citizens, even those against slavery, were against a violent method to end slavery.

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The thought of him as a martyr and was received with widespread admiration, but they did recognized that the raid was an act of a crazy man.

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the northerners thought he was a hero.

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They wanted to bang him really badly

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Q: What was the Southern reaction to the North claiming that John Brown was a hero?
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