John Brown

Charles Wilbert White American

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Here, White depicts one of the most compelling and controversial figures in nineteenth-century American history, John Brown (1800–1859), who devoted his life to opposing slavery, particularly its 1850s expansion into the Kansas Territory, in battles presaging the Civil War. In 1859, Brown and his followers attempted a raid on a federal armory in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, which led to his hanging for treason.

John Brown, Charles Wilbert White (American, Chicago, Illinois 1918–1979 Los Angeles, California), Lithograph

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