Biography of Abolitionist John Brown

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John Brown, who was an abolitionist, led a group on a raid against a federal armory in Harpers Ferry which at time was in Western Virginia. This was an attempt to start an armed slave revolt and abolish slavery. John Brown was born in Connecticut in 1800 and was raised in Ohio. He came from an antislavery family which added to his want to free the slaves. He never succeeded at any business projects and resulted into his increased debt. In 1837 His life changed when he attended an abolition meeting in Cleveland, this was when he publicly announced his dedication to destroy slavery. The lead up to the attack at Harpers Ferry, the ultimate downfall of the attack, and John Brown’s death were what led to the Civil War and the end of slavery in America.
John Brown secured the support of six prominent abolitionists, known as the "Secret Six," and assembled an invasion force. During this time he also gathered funds to help support his people. His group or “army” grew to include 22 men, included five black men and three of Brown's sons. The group rented a property in Maryland which was ...
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