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John Brown John Brown was the spark that ignited the American Civil War He was truly the factor that ended discussions and compromises making his war against slavery the nations war Having his preference of company being black he was a radical abolitionist nearly his entire life therefore creating the problems that grew exponentially into a major national conflict costing millions of lives John Brown was born in Torrington Connecticut on May 9 1800 the son of a New Englander He spent much of his youth in Ohio where he was taught in local schools to resent compulsory education and by his parents to obey the teachings of the Bible and hate slavery As a boy he herded cattle for Gen William Hulls army during the war of 1812 later he served as foreman of his familys tannery In 1820 he married Dianthe Lusk who bore him 7 children 5 years later they moved to Pennsylvania and opened a tannery of their own Within a year after Dianthes death in 1831 Brown wed 16-year-old Mary Anne Day by whom he fathered 13 more children During the next 24 years Brown built and sold many tanneries speculated in land sales raised sheep and established a brokerage for woolgrowers Every venture failed because he was too much of a visionary not enough of a businessman As his financial burdens multiplied his thinking became increasingly metaphysical and he began to brood over the plight of the weak and oppressed He frequently sought the company of blacks for 2 years living in a freedmens community in North Elba NY In time he became a militant abolitionist a conductor on the Underground Railroad and the organizer of a self-protection league for free blacks and fugitive slaves By the time he was 50 Brown was entranced by visions of slave uprisings during which racists paid horribly for their sins and he came to regard himself as commissioned by God to
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