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'Outrage' handbill from February 2, 1837.
Slavery supporters obstructed antislavery meetings with handbills like these in 1837

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John Brown Took Harpers Ferry Hostage
October 16, 1859

John Brown's raid was perhaps the final spark that ignited the Civil War. Certainly the words he spoke at his death would be remembered:

"Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life, for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and MINGLE MY BLOOD FURTHER WITH THE BLOOD OF MY CHILDREN, and with the blood of millions in this Slave country, whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments -- I say LET IT BE DONE."

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