John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859) was an American abolitionist who used violent actions to fight slavery. During 1856 in Kansas, Brown commanded forces at the Battle of Black Jack and the Battle of Osawatomie. Brown's followers also killed five pro-slavery supporters at Pottawatomie. In 1859, Brown led an unsuccessful raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry that ended with his ... more »
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''I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood.''John Brown (1800-1859), U.S. abolitionist. last statement, written on the day of his execution, Dec. 2, 1859. Quoted in John Brown and His Men, ch. 12...