John Brownism is an economically Left-wing and extremely Progressive ideology based upon the ideas of the 19th century abolitionist John Brown who espoused an immediate and violent end to slavery through armed rebellion.
Brown was born on May 9th, 1800 in Torrington, Connecticut. In 1805, Brown's family moved to Hudson, Ohio where his family came into contact with the abolitionist David Hudson who advocated for armed resistance by slaves.
At age 16, Brown left for New England to acquire a formal education and become a Gospel minister. Here he studied until chronic inflammation of his eyes eliminated his ability to read. Instead he returned to Hudson where he opened his own tannery and married his first wife Dianthe.
At age 25, Brown sold his tannery and moved to Pennsylvania where he founded a farm and new tannery. Here he aided in the escape of 2,500 enslaved people's. Here brown met with a decade of turmoil, in 1831 his four year old son Frederick died, and soon after his wife died in childbirth. This sent his business into debt and necessitated his move to Franklin Mills, Ohio where he regained his footing and some wealth before crashing again in the Panic of 1837.
From there he moved his family to Springfield, Massachusetts where he became even more involved with the abolition movement, meeting influential names like Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth. His time in Springfield was again marked with trouble as he went bankrupt in 1848 and moved his family North Elba, New York. Here he remained, successful enough to construct a new homestead for his family.
In 1855, five of Brown's sons had moved to the Kansas Territory, Brown would follow later that year in order to rally and fight alongside the anti-slavery movement in the area.
In Kansas, Brown proved his willingness to spill blood in the pursuit of abolition, enacting the Pottawatomie massacre in which he, his sons, and other anti-slavery activists killed 5 pro-slavery settlers.
Following the massacre, the period of violence known as "Bleeding Kansas" began. This period saw Brown engage in multiple prolonged battles between his own anti-slavery forces and the pro-slavery settlers and Missourians.
Brown had been considering a major offensive against slavery for years preceding the raid, but it was not until his failures in Kansas that he began serious preparations. In 1856 he began fundraising in New England, by 1859 he had amassed a significant following and quantity of weaponry.
His raid began on October 16th, when he and his men entered the town of Harper's ferry with the intent to incite a slave revolt and capture the federal arsenal in the city. By night he had taken full control of the armory. The morning of October 17th claimed the first life, Heyward Shepard a free black man. By afternoon, Armory workers had begun arriving and immediately taken hostage.
It was in the afternoon that citizen militias began forming and laying siege to the armory. Here they killed a number of defenders. In the fighting the mayor of Harper's Ferry was killed by militias after being mistaken for a sniper. At midnight, a detachment of Marines arrived to attack the arsenal.
In the morning, the Marines began to attack the Fire Engine House which Brown had been using to store the hostages. In this attack two more defenders were killed and Brown was seriously wounded. This attack proved successful and led to Brown's ultimate surrender.
Brown was quickly moved through the legal system, having been charged with treason on November 2nd and executed after the mandated 30-day minimum on December 2, 1859 at the age of 59.
John Brownism is fiercely progressive and Anti-Racist, he has a very short temper. John Brownism likes guns and owns a lot of them, he also likes using them against reactionaries even if unsuccessful.
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- Abolitionism - We must fight for the freedom of all people.
- Jacobinism - Only through revolution can we ensure an end to slavery.
- Black Nationalism - The Black Panthers sought armament in order to liberate themselves just as I did.
- Lincolnism - I never met you, but you were one of the only Americans willing to fight to end slavery and met the same fate as me, Godspeed Mr. Lincoln.
- Christian Theocracy - All are equal under the eyes of god, and only through a righteous crusade can we ensure all men are free.
- Slavery - You have engaged in the most despicable of practices in believing you are more deserving of freedom than your fellow man.
- White Nationalism - You believe that you are above all other races, yet despite being Christians you fail to realize all are equal under the eyes of god.
- American Confederatism - Not only did you engage in the most horrible of institutions, but you had the gall to insist on it being your own right, have you not even considered the rights of those you believe to be inferior.