Old John Brown's Career Illustrated.
This nineteenth-century print, published in Philadelphia, presents abolitionist John Brown as a murderous traitor in a series of vignettes depicting scenes from his life. From top right, clockwise, Brown and his associates are presented in the following ways: murdering three people in Kansas; recruiting enslaved men in Virginia and handing them pikes for use during a hoped-for slave insurrection; forcefully dragging a man from the side of his sick, bedridden wife; and receiving bags of gold and lethal weapons for abolitionist warfare. At center, under the title "The Traitor's Doom," Brown is depicted on the gallows about to be hanged on December 2, 1859, for his failed attempt to take over the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). A satanic figure, at top, looks on in delight at the series of vignettes, while, at bottom, the figure of Columbia, symbol of America, appears to be in mourning as she leans on a stars-and-stripes shield with an American eagle at her side and the sun setting in the distance.