oct 12, 1859 - John Brown Raids Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry
In October 1859, John Brown led eighteen heavily armed black and white men in a raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Brown hoped to arm slaves with the arsenal's weapons and mount a major rebellion to end slavery, however, Republican leaders declared Brown's raid unsuccessful, while Democrats called his plot "a natural, logical, inevitable result of the doctrines and teachings of the Republican party." This event caused the slave holding states to rise in fear of the future. This caused the Republican and Democrat parties to go after one another in any way to make the other's view on slavery unsuitable.
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