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Carlisle (PA) American Volunteer, "The Slave Insurrection at Harper's Ferry," October 27, 1859

John Brown, circa 1855, detail
The Democratic newspaper in the south-central Pennsylvania town of Carlisle published the following account of John Brown's attack on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia. Wholly hostile to the action and its supporters in the North, the writer indicts the Republican Party as Brown's accomplices and, and presaging the events of the 1860 presidential elections, warns that "this infamous Abolition organization is already at work in the Northern States, organizing and drilling for the campaign next fall, and are confident in the hope of being able to elect their candidate for President. God help our country should this dire calamity befall her. The election of an Abolitionist to the Presidency would be the signal for a general slave insurrection in half the Southern States, and a scene would follow such as never been witnessed in this country. Let the people, then, pause and reflect, before it is too late!" (By John Osborne)

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