On 9 May 1800, the abolitionist leader John Brown was born at Torrington, Connecticut and hanged 2 Dec 1859, at Charles Town, West Virginia. He was the leader of attack on Harpers Ferry, VA, 16 Oct 1859, which was intended to give impetus to the movement for escape and freedom for slaves. His aim was frustrated and in fact resulted in increased polarization and sectional animosity. Legendary martyr of the abolitionist movement.
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