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Dennis Frye talks about John Brown's raid

June 17, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Dennis Frye, chief historian of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, talks to tourists about John Brown's 1859 raid on the arsenal, in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., on April 4. "John Brown was not the cause of the Civil War, but he certainly was the first serious shot that sent us reeling toward division," Frye said. In the background is the fire engine house where Brown and his followers took refuge with their hostages, now restored and moved to a new location.

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