John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry- "Does Violence Lead to Change?"

DC Public Schools 8th Grade U.S. History Cornerstone: "Triumphant Failure
Educational Exhibit

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DCPS 8th Grade Cornerstone "Triumphant Failure"

Does violence lead to change? After reading primary and secondary sources related to John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, students write an argumentative essay that discusses Brown's raid and evaluates the extent to which it advanced or hindered the abolitionist cause.

1859 John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry- "Does Violence Lead to Change?"

The African American Civil War Museum is excited to offer a portable exhibit and curriculum materials to support the DCPS 8th Grade U.S. History Cornerstone "Triumphant Failure" with a Retractable exhibit (72 x 33 inches).  "1859 John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry," is a portable exhibit that can be reserved for your classroom for a period of up to two weeks.    The exhibit is offered FREE to schools and must be reserved two weeks before the first day of the reservation date.  Reserve the exhibit for your classroom today. 


Exhibit Resources

Teachers reserving the exhibit may receive a companion discussion book with answer guide.  The discussion book provides insights into the raid, abolitionist key players, a timeline leading up to the raid and discussion questions.  You may also download the discussion book and answer guide as well.

John Brown "Triumphant Failure" Resources

Use this presentation to present the raid on Harpers Ferry in an analytical light, weigh evidence, and discuss the extent to which the raid hindered or advanced the abolitionist cause to end slavery in the United States.   T