John Brown's Hatred For Slavery

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John Brown was a man who announced his hatred for slavery everywhere he went. Mr. Brown and his family moved to Kansas in 1855 after the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 gave citizens the right to choose whether or not they wanted these territories to permit slavery or make slavery illegal in their state. Brown, being abolitionists of slavery, was determined with other supporters of the abolition movement to make Kansas free of slavery when it entered the Union as a state (History Net, n.d.).
John Brown, four of his sons, and two other men went to the homes of three settlers near Dutch Henry’s crossing on Pottawatomie Creek in Kansas on May 24, 1856, to rid the land of these pro-slavery people (History Net, n.d.). Traveling to three houses that night, the group killed James Doyle, his two sons William and Drury Doyle, Allen Wilkinson and William Sherman. The oldest Doyle was shot to death and his two sons were hacked to death by the men’s sabers. Wilkinson and Sherman were both killed with swords by Brown's group of men. Sherman’s body was later found in a
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Arsenal at Harpers Ferry in Virginia. Brown thought that he would rally up more support from slaves and they would help him in his quest against slavery, but he was wrong. No slaves came forward to help Brown take control of the Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry that day and he and his men were captured by soldiers who were under the command of Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee (History Net, n.d., para. 11). John Brown was tried and convicted of numerous charges. Murder, treason, inciting a slave uprising, and treason against the Commonwealth of Virginia are the charges he faced. Brown was sentenced to death and was hung at Charles Town on December 2, 1859. John Brown’s actions against slavery and his outspoken opinion are said to have been a big influence in the start of the Civil War that took place on April 12,

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