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John Brown is a famous figure in the fight over slavery that led up to the American Civil War. Raised in Ohio, Brown moved to Kansas in 1855. The next year, claiming he was an instrument of God, Brown led a raid that killed five pro-slavery men on the banks of the Pottawatomie River. On 16 October 1859, Brown led a raid on the federal armory at Harper's Ferry in Virginia, with a plan to arm the region's slaves and lead them in rebellion. Brown and his men seized the armory but were soon capture More »
Born: May 9, 1800 (Torrington, Connecticut)


John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry was an effort by armed abolitionist John Brown to initiate an armed slave revolt in 1859 by taking over a United States ...


On October 16, 1859, John Brown led a small army of 18 men into the small town of Harper's Ferry, Virginia. His plan was to instigate a major slave rebellion in ...


On this day in History, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry on Oct 16, 1859. Learn more about what happened today on History.


On the evening of October 16, 1859 John Brown, a staunch abolitionist, and a group ... Brown had hopes that the local slave population would join the raid and  ...


Although poorly planned and executed, John Brown's raid helped lead the nation into Civil War and made him one of the most controversial men of his day.


John Brown's raid and subsequent trial inflamed the dispute between the country's abolitionist and pro-slavery factions hardening the lines that separated the ...


John Brown's plan seemed fairly straightforward: he and his men would establish a base in the Blue Ridge Mountains from which they would assist runaway ...


Kids learn about John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid during the Civil War. An attempt at a slave uprising to end slavery.


Introduction. The Portent: John Brown's Raid in American Memory was on display at the VHS: October 10, 2009 – April 11, 2010. John Brown remains one of the ...