A gentle reminder ...

The goal of this blog initially was for Mr. Mc to show his students and friends what he doing while in Pennsylvania and DC in 2011. Now it's being used as a place for him, travelling colleagues and former students to discuss edumacation and history related "stuff" as well as ... well, anything which pops into his head. Mr. Mc would never knowingly embarrass either the school he loves or the family he is devoted to. By joining in the discussion, he expects the same of you.

Friday, July 22, 2011

John Brown-domestic terrorist

We stopped in Harper's Ferry yesterday. The city itself is situated on the Appalachian Trail and it is beautiful. Below are pictures of the city and the firehouse where he was captured. There is also a monument to John Brown and his sacrifice for a 'new birth of freedom.' What surprised me was the visceral reaction to that plaque. John Brown, whether in Pottawatomie County, Kansas or Harpers Ferry, West Virginia is a terrorist, a thug with a cause. The abolition of slavery is a noble thing. His actions were not noble. Thus ends the sermon.
Washington DC is both beautiful and amazingly hot! 116 degree heat index. It is just plain hot. Know that its hot back home too so I'll keep the whining to the minimum.
The view of Harpers Ferry from the firehouse John Brown was captured

 The memorial on the firehouse. I will refrain from any other comment.

A memorial to one of Brown's victims. 

The firehouse 

What remains of one of the three armory buildings. The three buildings are about 10 yards from the firehouse.

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