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  Photograph, John Brown
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John Brown was an abolitionist who was willing to use violence to end slavery. He followed his sons to Kansas and soon became involved in some of the violence that marked the territorial period. He was involved in the May 24, 1856, Pottawatomie Massacre in which Brown and several of his followers brutally killed five proslavery settlers near Pottawatomie Creek in Miami County. He also led free state forces at the Battle of Black Jack on June 2, 1856, and at the Battle of Osawatomie on August 30, 1856. In October 1859, Brown led an attack on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in an effort to incite a slave rebellion. Although his plan failed and he was hanged for his actions, his radical abolitionist activity added to the growing tensions between North and South.

Location of Original: KSHS Call Number: B Brown, John *6
Item Number: 102330 Number of images: 1
Keywords: Brown, John, 1800-1859; Photographs and Illustrations

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