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"The Radicalization of John Brown in Kansas Territory"

John Brown, one of the most controversial figures in American history, can be viewed through many lenses. Over time his persona became bigger than life. Brown can be seen as a hero or a terrorist. Were his actions mad and reckless or compassionate and calculated? He was, perhaps, all or none of these things. Evidence shows he was a man who believed the end justifies the means. How did he become such a complicated figure and what role did Kansas play in his radicalization?

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