John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery


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John Brown chose Harper's Ferry in the state of _____ to make his last stand against slavery.

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1. John Brown talked to _____ in the hopes of having the respected abolitionist join his cause.

2. John Brown's group of soldiers included _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In the decades leading up to the Civil War, the Abolitionist Movement to end slavery grew increasingly militant. John Brown's raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry was a guerilla attack planned to trigger an open and sustained revolt against Southern slave states. This quiz/worksheet combo will ask you several questions about the raid and people involved and associated with it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The famous abolitionist Brown tried to enlist for the raid
  • The location of Harpers Ferry
  • Who arrested Brown
  • Charge against Brown at his trial
  • Participants in the raid at Harpers Ferry

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about who Brown hoped would join his side
  • Making connections - use your understanding of John Brown to examine why he chose to attack the arsenal at Harpers Ferry

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson, John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery, explores this event in greater detail. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Brown's objectives at Harpers Ferry
  • Explain why the raid failed
  • Understand why other abolitionists did not support the raid
  • Explain Brown's justification for violence