The Decade Of Crisis During The 1800s

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Decade of Crisis The period of time including the 1850s-1860s was considered the decade of crisis. This time period consisted of many abolitionist movements, rebellions, and an election in 1860. It also included secessions of states, and eventually triggered the civil war. There were two highly influential people involved in this decade; John Brown and Abraham Lincoln. They positively affected the United States of America.
By 1857, Brown returned to the East and began raising money to carry out his vision of a mass uprising of slaves. Six prominent abolitionists, known as the “Secret Six,” assembled an invasion force. His “army” grew to include 22 men, including five black men and three of Brown’s sons. The group rented a Maryland farm near Harpers Ferry and prepared for the assault. As seen in document D, on October 16, 1859, John Brown led an army of 18 men into the small town of Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. His plan was to create a slave rebellion in the South. He would retrieve the arms and ammunition in the federal arsenal, arm slaves in the area and move south along the Appalachian Mountains, attracting slaves to his cause. He had no rations or escape route. His plan was doomed from the very beginning. But it did succeed to deepen the divide between the North and South. Referring to document B, John Brown stated that he would sacrifice his life to save millions of others. This shows that he was an amazing, caring person who wanted to make change in the world. After his…

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