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an American abolitionist who believed in and advocated armed insurrection as the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. Brown first gained attention when he led small groups of volunteers during the Bleeding Kansas crisis of 1856. Dissatisfied with the pacifism of the organized abolitionist movement, he said, "These men are all talk. What we need is action—action!" In May 1856, Brown and his supporters killed five supporters of slavery in the Pottawatomie massacre, which responded to the sacking of Lawrence by pro-slavery forces. Brown then commanded anti-slavery forces at the Battle of Black Jack (June 2) and the Battle of Osawatomie (August 30).
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05/24/1856-In Kansas, John Brown and a small band of abolitionists murder five pro-slavery men in the Pottawatomie Massacre
01/28/1858-John Brown organizes raid on Arsenal at Harper's Ferry 
05/08/1858-John Brown holds antislavery convention 
10/16/1859-John Brown leads 20 in raid on federal arsenal, Harper's Ferry, Va
12/02/1859-Militant abolitionist John Brown is executed on charges of treason, murder, and insurrection.
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