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Brown, John

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishBrown, JohnJohn BrownBrown, John  (1800–59) a US abolitionist (=someone who worked to end slavery) who tried to use violence to end slavery. With followers, he took over a government weapons establishment at Harper's Ferry, Virginia. He was caught and hanged for treason. Many people felt that he was a martyr (=someone who dies for a just or holy cause), and during the American Civil War, a song called John Brown's Body became popular in the North. The song is still well known and contains the words John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave, /But his soul goes marching on.
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