The Raid on Harpers Ferry: John Brown's Rebellion

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In October 1859, after months of careful preparation, abolitionist John Brown led a group of 22 men into action. They believed that a violent rebellion was the only way to bring down slavery's hold on the South, and that they would be the ones to ignite the revolt. Brown had decided to seize Harpers Ferry, the foremost arsenal south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but things did not go as planned. After Brown and his men gained control of the stash of weapons, the massive uprising did not occur, and they were soon ...

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Overview

In October 1859, after months of careful preparation, abolitionist John Brown led a group of 22 men into action. They believed that a violent rebellion was the only way to bring down slavery's hold on the South, and that they would be the ones to ignite the revolt. Brown had decided to seize Harpers Ferry, the foremost arsenal south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but things did not go as planned. After Brown and his men gained control of the stash of weapons, the massive uprising did not occur, and they were soon captured and eventually found guilty of treason. While their boldness made them heroes to some, their violence incensed many others and deepened the divide between the abolitionist North and the slaveholding South. In The Raid on Harpers Ferry: John Brown's Rebellion, learn how one man's actions affected the entire nation and set the country on the path to the Civil War.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This volume offers a survey of John Brown's life and views. Ten chapters are illustrated with photographs or drawings and contain sidebars that offer explanatory information or quotes from pertinent documents. Brown corresponded with abolitionists including Frederick Douglass; played a major role in the slavery controversy in "Bleeding Kansas"; and plotted to capture the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, an action he believed would set off a slave rebellion that would end slavery in America. His plan failed, and he was tried in a Virginia court and hanged. Brown's legacy was debated by politicians in the late 1850s and as the Civil War approached, and continues to be debated by historians today. This title serves as an adequate introduction to the man and his times.—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604136784
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Milestones in American History Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 George Washington's Sword 1

2 The Ferry 8

3 The Bleeding Prairie 23

4 The Concord Connection 36

5 Good Abolitionist Horses 47

6 Striking the First Blow 58

7 Reaping the Whirlwind 69

8 The Power of Words 78

9 Brown's Last Days 91

10 The Power of Song 101

Chronology 109

Notes 114

Bibliography 116

Further Reading 118

Index 121

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