A Plea for Captain John Brown
By Henry D. Thoreau - with annotated text

Delivered in Concord, Massachusetts, October 30, 1859

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On October 16, 1859, John Brown led a raid of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.  He intended to arm slaves with weapons from the arsenal, but the attack failed. Within 36 hours, all of Brown's men were killed or captured by local farmers, militiamen, and U.S. Marines led by Robert E. Lee. Brown was tried for treason, and was hanged on December 2, 1859.
"A Plea for Captain John Brown" in two parts: Part One - Part Two
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Note:  Thoreau appears not to have known all  the details of Brown's actions in Kansas.


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