Santa Fe Trail

(1940)

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The most famous film about John Brown doesn't do him a favor. Largely pro-Southern, Santa Fe Trail focuses on the attempts of young Jeb Stuart to catch John Brown. Film portrays John Brown in rather negative one-dimensional tones. The number of Brown's men in Kansas and Virginia are over-exaggerated, and even the slaves who were freed by John Brown are portrayed as being dissapointed with their freedom, which they “got no use for” and are anxious to “get back home to Texas.”

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