John Brown

Major Dudek


" I have only a short time to live, only one death to die, and I will die fighting for this cause. There will be no piece in this land until slavery is done for. - John Brown, 1856." John Brown was a 19th century militant abolitionist known for leading the raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859." "Brown had much financial difficulties throughout his life."He thought that anything was necessary to end slavery, including violence."

John Browns Early Life.

John Brown was born on May 9, 1800 in Torrington, Connecticut, to Ruth Mills and Owen Brown. When Brown was twelve traveling through Michigan, he witnessed a slave being beaten, which formed his abolitionism. In 1820, John wed Dianthe Lusk, and the couple had several children before her death in the early 1830's. Brown remarried in 1833 to Mary Ann Day after Dianthe Lusk died in 1830. In the 1820's to 1850's Brown traveled a lot while working in the underground railroad.

John Browns Abolitionist accomplishments.

Brown had many abolitionist accomplishments including his raid on Harper's Ferry." John Brown established the League of Gileadites a group formed with the intention to protect black people from slave catchers. "In 1856, Brown and several men killed 5 pro slavery settlers in a retaliatory attack at Pottawatomie Creek. "In 1859, Brown liberated a group of enslaved people from Missouri homestead and helped guide them to freedom in Canada."In 1859,on October 16 Brown led a party of 21 men on a raid of the federal armory of Harper's Ferry in Virginia to help slaves revolt against owners." Browns forces lasted 2 days until they were defeated by the South military." Afterwards Brown was sentenced to death for his raid and was hung on December 2,1859. John Brown also participated in the underground railroad from the 1820's to 1850's.
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John Browns Adult life.

John Brown liked helping black people and slaves so he lived in a freedman's community. He lived their for two years to protect them. Brown became a conductor of the underground railroad because of living in the community. In 1855 Brown moved to Kansas where five of his children relocated as well. He led the raid on Harper's Ferry and was hung for his raid and treason on December 2.
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In Conclusion, John Brown was born in 1800 and died in 1859. When he was twelve he witnessed a slave being beaten which formed his abolitionism. He married Dianthe Lusk in 1820 and remarried to Mary Ann Day after Dianthe died. He led the raid on Harper's Ferry armory in Virginia in 1859. And lastly, he was hung on December 2.


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