HIST147 Video Assignment – John Brown’s Holy War (5 points)

Due: May 15 by 11:59pm (post response to Canvas)




Students should watch part of the PBS documentary, John Brown’s Holy War. While watching the film, students should complete the questions on the viewing worksheet (page 2 of this document) and submit their responses to Canvas. Students can access the video through the video link in the “Week Six” module in Canvas and watch from 50:10 to 1:12:00. As an alternative, students can access the video directly through YouTube at the link on the viewing worksheet (next page).


Submitting Your Response

Students can submit their completed viewing worksheet in one of two ways.

1. You can download this file and type your responses below the questions on the viewing worksheet.

2. You can print the viewing worksheet (page two of this document) and hand-write your responses as you watch the video. Then, take a photo of or scan your worksheet. You can submit the photo or scan to Canvas.


John Brown’s Holy War: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWS_Jrjh11s (start at 50:10 and watch to 1:12:00)

Who were the Secret Six (don’t need names)?



What was Brown’s plan? Who did he recruit?




What happened at Harper’s Ferry?






What happened after Brown’s capture?








How did Brown become a martyr?