John Brown Letters
A woman in Sacramento, California, has reason to believe she may be a relative of John Brown, the 19th-century abolitionist.
Do her grandmother's letters prove that she is a descendant of the historical figure?
The History Detectives attempt to answer her query once and for all with a series of investigations into the authenticity of the letters and her family tree.
Will this investigation prove to be a crucial piece in the puzzle of her family history?
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