John Brown: Hero

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John Brown: Hero

John Brown was an American abolitionist who believed that violent insurrection was the only way to overthrow slavery in the United States of America. He led several attacks on slavery supporters, but his most famous act was the raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, which ultimately led to his capture and sentence of death by hanging.

John Brown: Hero


Actions in Kansas

Raid on Harpers Ferry

In 1859, Brown led a raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, in the hopes of helping slaves acquire the means to arm themselves. Within 36 hours, however, it had failed, and Brown's men had either fled or were killed or captured. Brown himself was captured, and was sentenced to death by hanging.

By: Mohini (December 2015)


John Brown took several actions against slavery and its supporters when he moved to Kansas following the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Some actions include the murder of five proslavery settlers who lived near Pottawottamie Creek after the sacking of Lawrence, the attack on Captain Henry Pate's forces after the capture of his son, and the infamous raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry.

Before his death, Brown addressed the courtroom of Charleston, West Virginia (video found at This speech led many to see him as a martyr, one willing to die for the abolishment of slavery. Historians have agreed that his actions, the raid on the federal arsenal particularly, definitely accelerated the tension leading to the Civil War in America.


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