Who is John Brown?
What happened at Harpers Ferry?
Why it got so much attention? (The
Kansas Nebraska Act and The Dread Scott
How is it related to the Civil War?
He was born into a
deeply religious family
Connecticut, on May
He was raised by a
father who strongly
At age 5 he moved to
Ohio, a state known
for its antislavery views.
He became interested in the abolitionist
movement in 1835.
He gave land to fugitive slaves.
He and his wife agreed to raise a black
He participated in the Underground
John Brown was hung for what he did at
Harpers Ferry on December 2, 1859.
John Brown kissing a
black baby in his last
Primary source of John
Brown’s address to the
people before his
Sentence of Death
He led 21 men including 5 blacks in a
raid on a federal armory and arsenal in
Harpers Ferry, Virginia
He hoped to start and arm a slave revolt
Half the raiders were killed and the rest,
including Brown, were captured
Southerners cheered his death but the
northerners saw him as martyr to the
People who took part in the raid
60 men were Whites 21 people took part in
taken hostages the raid(2 of which
by John Brown were his sons):
and his men 5 Black
Law that created the territories of Kansas
Allowed voters to decide whether or not
to allow slavery
Renewed southern hopes of expanding
Outraged anti-slavery Northerners
The supreme court’s ruling that:
African Americans were not considered U.S.
Congress did not have the right to ban
slavery in federal territory.
Made them realize action must be taken
The Dread Scott
Decision Harpers Ferry
The US Civil War
John Brown’s actions were a short term
cause to the Civil War and effected
America on a social and political level.
made abolitionists realize that diplomacy
was not going to get rid of slavery
showed the southerners that the north
was ready to use force on a much larger
increased political tensions between the