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1: table of contents: chapter 1: page 2-6 chapter 2: page 7-10

2: In October 1859 Frederick Douglas accepted an invitation to dinner from his good friend John Brown. Frederick opposed slavery. They met for dinner at John Browns farm. Frederick thought the dinner would be a good time for the friends to talk about the past. John however had other plans that he wanted to discuss with his friend. After dinner, the two men went into the study for a smoke. At this time, John shared his plan with his friend about his hope to free all the slaves. John explained to Frederick that the only way to make his dream come true would be to forcibly free the slaves.

3: John felt that by kidnapping some of the wealthy slave owners he would be teaching a lesson to the owners about being held against ones will. Douglas responded to his old friend with the following question: “How can two wrongs make a right”? John responded to Frederick but pointing out the events in history that required men to use force in order to achieve their goal. Frederick further questioned John about how many supporters he had for his cause. He also wanted to know if John was willing to give up his life and the lives of the men. John felt that a sacrifice of a few was worth freeing thousands of slaves.

4: The night came to a close with Frederick wishing his friend a safe journey. He did tell John that he could not join him on his fight to free a bunch of slaves. | At the crack of dawn, John left hes farm house to meet with his supporters. John laid out hies plan, to attack the arsenal at Harpers Ferry, VA. His major goal was to arm the slaves in order to protect themselves against the Southern, white slave owner. Many of the men who attended the meeting decided that the plan was too dangerous and would not be willing to risk their own lives for slaves the did not even know. The remaining eighteen men, consisting of thirteen white men and five black men, promised to fight along with John Brown to the end

5: While many of these men had little of no experience with this kind of fight, they felt together they could really make a difference, Slowly they began their march towards Harper's Ferry. The journey was a long one. With each mile, as they got closer, many of the men began to grow nervous about their mission. John remained strong, and continued to support his men, reminding then of how this mission would change thousands of peoples lives.

6: Along the way, John and his band of men convinced thirty other slaves to escape the plantations they Lived on to make the journey to Harper's Ferry where they could all get the weapons they needed to fight The slaveholders of the South. Among these thirty slaves was a man named Jeremiah. Jeremiah was a Peaceful man who was very hesitant about the mission even though he believed very strongly in the cause. He truly felt that violence was not the answer. Eventually Jeremiah approached John suggesting that the plan was flawed. Jeremiah felt that as a group they should take a step back and looks at all of their options. John however, was very set in his plans, and told Jeremiah not to be a coward. John reminded Jeremiah a man should be willing to stand up for what he believed in otherwise he was as weak as the others who did not get involved did.

7: While Jeremiah tried to convince himself that his fearless leader was right, he knew that innocent lives would be lost as a result of this violent mission. After a great deal of thinking, Jeremiah realized that he had to warn someone of John Brown’s plan to free the slaves at Harper’s Ferry. | Jeremiah sent a message to Robert E. Lee informing him of the plans of John Brown. Jeremiah gave Robert E. Lee the dates and times which John Brown would attack the arsenal. Jeremiah stated in his message the names of the slave-owners that John planned on taking as hostages. He also explained to the Colonel that John’s reason for conducting such a violent act was simply out of desperation in order to free all people regardless of color. Jeremiah was worried the Colonel might receive the message

8: John Brown gathered his followers and they headed to Harper’s Ferry. Upon his arrival at the arsenal Robert E. Lee and a few of his commanding officers met him. John was angry that he was betrayed by one of his men. Jeremiah came forward and told John he was the one who sent for the Colonel. | Jeremiah explained to John that he wanted the freeing of the slaves to be a peaceful action instead of a violent one. John agreed to sit down with the Colonel and discuss options to free the slaves. When the men were finished speaking, they both agreed that John would go with the commanding officers to each plantation. The slaves would be given the choice to stay on the plantation, or be free. If a slave agreed to be free, each plantation owner would be given money to pay off the slaves debt.

9: The slave owners felt that this was a fair price for giving up a slave who worked on their farm. Some of the slaves decided to stay on the plantation as free men who would be given a salary for their work. John Brown was pleased that he could make a difference. Although he thought that violence was the only answer to this large issue on slavery, he learned there are many ways to solve important issues. Some of these ways could include non-violent actions.

10: John Brown went home to his farm and was praised by the people he had freed. He helped to free all men. John Brown lived out the rest of his years trying to solve other issues in a non-violent manner.

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