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Uncle Tom's Cabin, another spark that ignited the Civil War

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John Brown Took Harpers Ferry Hostage
October 16, 1859

Brown said the slave-holding community was, by its nature, in a state of war; thus drastic actions were necessary and justified. While helping to liberate slaves over the previous 10 years, he had become more and more aggressive. The Harpers Ferry raid inflamed the emotions of parties on both sides of the conflict.
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