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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Letters from Aaron D. Stevens to his brother and sisters
|Aaron D. Stevens to his brother Henry justifying violence in the cause of abolition
|2 August 1858
|Stevens, Aaron D. (1831-1860)
|Elaborates on abolitionist efforts in Kansas. Justifies violence citing the number of slaves who are "murdird" each year. Continues that war is just when in self defense and liberty must be absolute, quoting Patrick Henry: "Give me liberty or give me death." Refers to "trator" Hugh Forbes, who was a foil to Brown's efforts in Kansas.
|John Brown Slavery African American History Abolition Death Military History
|Stevens, Aaron D. (1831-1860) Brown, John (1800-1859)
|Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Children & Family; Law
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859