On October 16, 1859, abolitionist John Brown and his team launched a raid on a federal armory located in Harpers Ferry which was located in the state of Virginia during that time but is now the state West Virginia. The group hoped this would initiate a broader slave revolt. The raid was a failure but the event instilled concern of slave rebellions among slaveholders and inflamed tensions between the North and South. View this collection of videos to learn more about John Brown, the raid and his subsequent trial.
Dennis Frye talked about John Brown and his views on the issue of slavery.
Starting with the Missouri Compromise and ending with the election of Abraham Lincoln, this lesson discusses nine major events leading up to the war.