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American Martyr, American Terrorist

On Oct. 16, 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of fighters in storming the town of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and the federal armory there. A century and a half later, Sept. 11 has altered the context in which his actions are viewed, and more scholars debate whether a cause now viewed as righteous justified Brown's tactics.

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Article | He had a safe house, weapons and a mole planted among unsuspecting residents.

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