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In the 1850s and 60s the North and South were becoming more hostile towards each other due to changing views and small incidents of dislike toward the others views One of those incidents was John Browns raid on Harpers Ferry Virginia John Browns goal was to steal enough weapons from the national armory and gather enough men so they could march into Kansas and force them to be a colony or state for runaway slaves The Raid occurred in October of 1859 It was a complete failure in most ways Most of the men were killed it didnt free any slaves and it was over and done with in just under two days The reason they were caught was because they let a train go through to Washington DC after a short hold up The people obviously told someone and a national defense was sent to stop it For the first few months following the raid the Northerners were somewhat upset at what John Brown did They agreed with him in wanting to free the slaves but not in forcing a colony to become a state for runaway slaves The New York Tribune mentions this in its December 3 1859 issue just a few months after the incident It states There are fit and unfit modes of combating a great evilslavery we thing Brown at Harpers Ferry pursued the latter It is basically saying that Brown did it for a good cause but in the wrong ways Henry David Thoreaus book The Last Days of John Brown makes you realize what really happened he tried to force a state to be a refugee for runaway slaves but failed His operation was a failure but it did promote antislavery beliefs and make the North think more about the slavery issue The Topeka Tribune from Kansas breaks down the opinions of Browns raid into two groups One group thinks of him as a
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