Lead: In 1855 abolitionist, John Brown, took five of his sons to Kansas. They made big trouble in a land already troubled by slavery. He surfaced again in Harper’s Ferry.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: After the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, partisans on both sides of the slavery question flooded into Kansas. Would Kansas be a free state or a slave state? Among the anti-slavery forces were John Brown and his sons. After a bloody raid on the small town of Lawrence by pro-slavery ruffians from Missouri, Brown led a revenge strike along Pottawatomie Creek. Five proslavery settlers were brutally murdered. Brown and his sons were never charged. In Kansas, he was already becoming a legend.