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Newspaper Sunday: Hanging of John Brown

By December 2, 2012

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Today marks the anniversary of one of the events that pushed the United States toward the Civil War, the hanging in Virginia of the abolitionist John Brown. Seeking to spark a slave uprising, Brown and a band of followers had attacked and briefly seized the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia in October 1859.

Brown was captured, put on trial, and convicted of treason. He was hanged at Charlestown, Virginia, on December 2, 1859, and news of his execution was read with enormous interest.

Today in Newspaper Sunday we look back at news coverage of the hanging of John Brown.

Note: The newspaper links below lead to excerpts. On those pages the "persistent link" will open the entire page of the newspaper.

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Illustration: John Brown/Library of Congress


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