John Brown holding hostages at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in the lead-up to the Civil War

John Brown (left) defends himself during an unsuccessful attack on Harpers Ferry.

One of the most famous events of the long campaign against slavery – some of it planned from Canada – was a raid on American territory led by abolitionist John Brown (on the left). His plan of attack against the United States was discussed and approved at a famous meeting in 1858 in Chatham, Ontario.

James E. Taylor
Western Reserve Historical Society

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