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Unformatted text preview: John Brown was an American abolitionist, born in Connecticut and raised in Ohio in the 1800’s. He had been opposed to slavery his entire life and felt passionately and violently that he must personally fight to end it. This greatly increased tension between North and South. As an adult, he helped the Underground Railroad protect and hide slaves on their way to Canada. After the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 (America Past and Present Vol. I, pg 397), Brown moved out west, with his sons to ensure that the new states would be slavery free. However, when pro- slavery settlers from Missouri began moving to Kansas and started burning slave-free towns, John Brown and his sons resorted to violence. In1856, in retaliation for the sack of the slave-free towns, John Brown and a group of men, who called themselves the Pottawatomie Rifles, brutally murdered five pro-slavery settlers two days after the attack, which was known as the Pottawatomie massacre (pg 407). After that, a number of small but bloody battles broke out Pottawatomie massacre (pg 407)....
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This note was uploaded on 10/09/2010 for the course ENG Eng2301 taught by Professor Roy during the Spring '09 term at Austin Community College.
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