John Brown, The Secret Six, and the Role of Violence in Social Change

This workshop will examine the three leading Unitarians who were involved in supporting John Brown both financially and materially as he advocated a slave rebellion. We will look at the three Unitarians – Theodore Parker, Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Samuel Gridley Howe, in the context of their careers and their relationship to Brown. Then we will broaden the presentation to discuss the role of violence in social change.