John Brown was an abolitionist who
moved with his family to Kansas Territory in 1855 so he could participate in the fight to
keep Kansas from becoming a slave state. In this letter, he discusses his move to Kansas
with his family and second wife, Mary Anne Day, providing a description of life in mid-19th
John Brown was an abolitionist who moved with his family to Kansas Territory in 1855 so he
could participate in the fight to keep Kansas from becoming a slave state. He had twenty
children, seven by his first wife, Dianthe Lusk, and thirteen by his second wife, Mary Anne
Day. He was executed in 1859 after his capture by Union troops for seizing the armory at
Harper's Ferry, Virginia.
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