Peggy A. Russo is an assistant professor of English at the Mont Alto campus of Pennsylvania State University. She has published in Shakespeare Bulletin, Southern Literary Journal, Journal of American Culture, Shakespeare and the Classroom, and Civil War Book Review.
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More than two centuries after his birth and almost a century and a half after his death, the legendary life and legacy of John Brown go marching on. Variously deemed martyr, madman, monster, terrorist, and saint, he remains one of the most controversial figures in America’s history. Brown’s actions in Kansas and in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, were major catalysts for the American Civil War, and continue today to evoke praise or condemnation.