Title

John Brown as Terrorist and Guerrilla

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Publication Source

Small Wars & Insurgencies

Volume

25

Issue

5/6

Inclusive pages

1039-1054

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09592318.2014.945678

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

John Brown is usually not considered to have been a terrorist, and even recent

analyses of his activities consider him to be a guerrilla fighter or insurgent

in his activities in Kansas. Brown, however, meets the criteria of a terrorist

more than a guerrilla fighter when his activities in the Kansas Territory are

considered. His raid on Harpers Ferry, however, is more in line with guerrilla

operations or insurgent activities.

Keywords

terrorism; John Brown; slavery; Kansas Territory; Harpers Ferry

Disciplines

Political Science

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