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John Brown was an extreme abolitionist who believed that a violent uprising was the only way to overthrow slavery. He was crazy.
In 1855, Brown began his journey to Kansas, swearing to protect his family and to end slavery. Along the way, Brown collected many supporters, and gained much of his militant support in Ohio.
Although Brown had plans to make Kansas an anti-slavery state, many pro-slavery activists had their own plans to make Kansas a slave-state. This fact as well as the caning of Sumner by Brooks angered Brown, giving him more motivation and drive to accomplish his goal.
In August of 1856, Brown's home was attacked by a force of Missourians. However, as they began to attack Brown's other bases, Brown was able to regroup and defend against them. Although outnumbered, Brown was overall able to successfully defend these anti-slavery homes.
Near the end of this same month, Brown was forced to retreat from the slave forces. One of his men was killed, and his son Frederick was shot.
Although Brown had lost his last battle, his great and historic efforts had made him
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