President Lincoln was a statesman. John Brown was a radical. That's the traditional view of how each one fought slavery, but it fails to capture the full measure of their devotion.
The abolitionist's legacy is often molded to fit various political agendas. Yet the Brown who appears in Showtime's new miniseries is one we haven't seen before.
He took a remarkable stand against slavery in the countdown to the American Civil War – but opinion differs about his methods.