Chapter 16

Chapter 16: The Crisis Of Union

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John Brown


How did John Brown's raid contribute to the coming of the Civil War?

In October 1859 John Brown, a fervent abolitionist, led a group of men who captured a federal arsenal in Harper's Ferry, Virginia. Brown hoped his action would inspire slaves throughout the South to rise up in rebellion. Federal troops recaptured the arsenal, and a court convicted Brown to death for treason. The brief speech Brown gave to the court inspired northerners and outraged southerners.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. John Brown: Address of John Brown to the Virginia Court, When About to Receive the Sentence of Death (1859).
  2. Magazine cover (1859)
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