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John Brown

John Brown

John Brown's obsession with ending slavery cast him as an abolitionist hero. In 1856, provoked by a bloody attack on Kansas settlers by “border ruffians,” Brown led a raid at Pottawatomie where they hacked several pro-slavery inhabitants to death. Three years later, he led a raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Captured by Robert E. Lee, tried, and hanged, Brown refused to repent, becoming a martyr to northern abolitionists and immortalized in the song, "John Brown's Body."

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