Oct. 16, 1859: Abolitionist John Brown Led Raid on Harpers Ferry


EB

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Oct. 16, 1859: Abolitionist John Brown Led Raid on Harpers Ferry
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Slavery


On this day in 1859, John Brown led a small group on a raid against a federal armory in Harpers Ferry in an attempt to start an armed revolt against the institution of slavery. Brown stood trial and was found guilty of treason.

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