John Brown was an abolitionist who moved
with his family to Kansas Territory in 1855 so he could participate in the fight to keep
Kansas from becoming a slave state. In this letter, he discusses his move to Kansas with
his family and second wife, Mary Anne Day, providing a description of life in mid-19th
John Brown was an abolitionist who moved with his family to Kansas Territory in 1855 so
he could participate in the fight to keep Kansas from becoming a slave state. He had
twenty children, seven by his first wife, Dianthe Lusk, and thirteen by his second wife,
Mary Anne Day. He was executed in 1859 after his capture by Union troops for seizing the
armory at Harper's Ferry, Virginia.
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