Companion source paper for “The Propaganda of War. The South’s Misinformation Machine” by Misty Smith.  “Primary Source Analysis” by Misty Smith. Originally posted in HIS-330 on September 17, 2017, at Southern New Hampshire University.

“Episcopal Church. Diocese of Georgia. Bishop (1841-1866: Elliott) Address of the Rt. Rev.
Stephen Elliott, D. D., to the Thirty-Ninth Annual Convention of the Protestant Episcopal
Church, in the Diocese of Georgia. ,” Documenting the American South, accessed September
15, 2017,

The Tragedy at Harper’s Ferry. A poor plan or the genius of a martyr?

John Brown was born on May 9, 1800, in Torrington, Connecticut.[1] A Calvinist, Brown believed that God would bring down wrath and justice against the slave owners. He often quoted the biblical passage Hebrews 9:22 “Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.”[2]. He firmly believed that God declared earning profit from slavery a sin and sit out to destroy the institution of slavery itself.[3]

Based on a paper titled “The Propaganda of War. The South’s Misinformation Machine“. by Misty Smith. Originally posted in HIS 330 on October 22, 2017, for Southern New Hampshire University.

As a result, the United States split into and a bloody Civil War ensued, fueled by rampant propaganda, especially religious propaganda claiming that it was God’s will that humans own others as slaves, misinformation that was designed to sway the court of opinion away from the issue of slavery.