American Terrorists: Nat Turner and John Brown

“One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.”

Nat Turner

Nat Turner

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A photo of John Brown

This episode looks at the famous lives of Nat Turner and John Brown, two anti-slavery figures of 19th century America. A cause may be righteous but that doesn’t make one’s methods immune from classic definitions of terrorism.

This is part of our ongoing podcast series on the History of Terrorism.

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The History of Terrorism series tells the story of how terrorism developed from the ancient world to ISIS.

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Episode 179: American Terrorists – Nat Turner and John Brown



Additional Reading:

This is an article published in the Atlantic Magazine in 1861 telling the story of the Nat Turner revolt

Nat Turner Park in Newark, NJ

John Brown’s Body and the Battle Hymn of the Republic

John Brown’s Day of Reckoning

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