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A.C. Platt of Sandusky Sepia head and shoulders image of John Brown, with lock of hair

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04463.02 Author/Creator: A.C. Platt of Sandusky Place Written: Sandusky, OH Type: Photographs Date: 1859 ca. Pagination: 1

Summary of Content:

People: Brown, John, 1800-1859.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: John Brown, Abolition, African American History, Slavery

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery The Crisis of the 1850's