This from Gilder Lehrman:
150 years ago, on October 16, 1859, John Brown and a band of followers, black and white, attacked the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The raid was part of a larger plan to destroy the slave system by freeing and arming slaves, and it was one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War.
To see highlights from John Brown: The Abolitionist and His Legacy, an exhibition of documents and artifacts from the Gilder Lehrman Collection on display at the New-York Historical Society from September 15, 2009 to March 25, 2010, click here:
Meanwhile, our friends Paul Finkelman and Spencer Crew are joined by David Blight this week as the keynote speakers at the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the raid at Harper’s Ferry: http://www.harpersferryhistory.org/johnbrown/index.htm.