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Tony Horwitz on John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

'Midnight Rising' brings the abolitionist to life

Journey back in time to the brink of the Civil War, when a 59-year-old abolitionist took the fight against slavery into his own hands in hopes of ending human bondage forever. On Oct. 16, 1859, John Brown led a raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry, in what was then Virginia, while some of his men captured local slave owners and freed their slaves. Quickly and violently quashed, the rebellion was brief, but its effects would prove eternal. … Back to Article

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