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Attack at Harpers Ferry

Clip: Season 1 | 2m 8s

In 1859 John Brown seized a federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, but failed to incite a revolution. Authorities found a link between Brown and Frederick Douglass.

Aired: 01/08/13

Rating: NR

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