Interpreting the Evidence
John Brown Farm, North Elba, c. 1940
Suggested Teaching Instructions
Home of abolitionist John Brown (1800-1859), North Elba, New York, in the Adirondack Mountains. Photograph taken circa 1940.
After John Brown's execution, his body was sent from Virginia to his farm in North Elba, New York, where he was buried. He founded this farm to assist unfortunate African American men and lived there from 1849-1859. Many years later, the bodies of his sons and followers who died in the raid were removed to the farm. In 1895, the property was given to New York State, and a memorial was established, which includes the names of those buried at the farm. The farm has become a State Historic Site and is open to the public.
How do individuals influence a culture and society?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain how John Brown influenced American culture and society.
Research the details of John Brown’s fight against slavery. What made him such an active abolitionist?
English Language Arts: Write a persuasive essay arguing why John Brown’s farm should be considered a National Historic Landmark.