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The Raid on Harpers Ferry

The Raid on Harpers Ferry by Samuel Willard Crompton
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In October 1859,a group of 22 men led by abolitionist John Brown sought to ignite a slave revolt. They believed that a violent rebellion was the only way to change the system and bring down slavery's hold onthe South. They came at harvest time, believing that this was when the overworked slaves would be most eager to revolt. Brown's mentook and briefly held the foremost arsenal south of the Mason-Dixon Line,but when a massive uprising didn'toccur, they were soon captured andeventually found guilty of treason. Their audacity made them heroes to some, even as they were reviled by many for their use of deadly force. This event was one of the manycatalysts leading up to the Civil War. In The Raid on Harpers Ferry: John Brown's Rebellion, learn how this action to incite a slave rebellion was viewed 150 years ago and the repercussions it hashad on the United States.
Infobase Publishing; February 2010
137 pages; ISBN 9781438131757
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Title: The Raid on Harpers Ferry
Author: Samuel Willard Crompton