A Cause of the Civil War

John Brown Raid

  • an abolitionist, his entire family was against slavery
  • fathered 20 children and one black child
  • he moved to the Kansas territory after his 5 sons in 1855 and fought for slavery for the rest of the year
  • On October 16, 1859, he led 21 men on a raid of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia
  • John Brown was hanged on December 2, 1859 for treason
(http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1550.html)