John Brown Jr. was John Brown’s first born, and, like his father, was a dedicated abolitionist. But that was only one aspect of his complex beliefs.

James Townsend was a militant abolitionist who provided transportation for John Brown and his abolitionist guerillas to the modern-day Lane, Kansas, area to perpetrate the Pottawatomie Massacre.

John Brown was an extremist and militant abolitionist who utilized violence against pro-slavery advocates in Kansas Territory and during his raid on Harpers Ferry.

The current movement to edit history to reflect current cultural ideals is a dangerous trend that renders the value of history as a source of positive or negative lessons to either be emulated or avoided in the present moot.