Ohio Memory has published a new post, “"The Affair at Harper's Ferry"”
In the middle of the night on October 16, 1859, twenty-one men led by militant abolitionist John Brown made their way into the town of Harper’s Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). Their goal? Capture the town’s federal arsenal and incite a rebellion among the state’s slaves, which they hoped would lead to a radical overthrow of the inhuman institution of American slavery throughout the Southern states. John Brown was a vehement opponent to slavery who, after spending part of his youth in Ohio, went on to serve as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and to settle for a time in Kansas, where he was involved with the series of events […]
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