In actuality, John Brown went on to develop into the primary individual in U.S. historical past to be executed for treason. However the guide additionally reminds us that whereas the raid didn’t precisely go as John Brown had deliberate, it was one of many key occasions that triggered the Civil Conflict and altered American historical past endlessly.
The Good Lord Hen, each the collection and the guide, are works of fiction which might be based mostly on historic occasions. So whereas John Brown was an actual one who did actually lead the raid at Harpers Ferry, neither the guide nor the present are biographies of his life.
Ethan Hawke himself stated that he wasn’t taking part in John Brown however “James McBride’s John Brown … It’s half historic, half imaginative.”
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