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Throughout the time period of the slavery there were few civilian men who were willing to risk their life for the freedom of slaves everywhere Among those who took this risk was John Brown He was a simple man from Torrington Connecticut who had strong beliefs against slavery and was an active abolitionist In order to further aid his protest he planned to take over a US Armory at Harpers Ferry and seize their weapons The weapons would inturn be given to slaves in the surrounding territory and form them into a army which would then free the blacks throughout the South Brown succeeded in his attempt but was later surrounded and captured He was given a trial found guilty and later was executed A martyr is one who suffers death or persecution on account of their beliefs John Brown is an excellent example of a martyr because he strongly protested slavery even with the risks involved he took action where in was needed and he peacefully surrendered once surrounded but he died with dignity and for what he believed to be right First Brown was a man who acquired his hatred for slavery early on in his life and continued to spread his beliefs throughout his entire life Early in his life while he was in Pennsylvania in 1834 Brown initiated a program along with several other abolitionist to educate young blacks Brown continued with he teaching of young blacks and with many other abolitionist ventures for the next 20 years of his life He had a large family who had to make as many sacrifices as him for this belief that he contained within himself Brown had five sons who under their fathers influence also became abolitionist In 1855 Brown travelled with his five sons to the Kansas Territory Under their fathers leadership while there his sons became active participants in the fight against proslavery terrorists in Missouri These terrorists later killed a
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