From childhood on, abolitionist John Brown (in a c.1847 daguerreotype taken by Augustus Washington) had sworn "eternal war with slavery." (National Portrait Gallery)

John Brown's Famous Photograph

An 1840s image captures an extremist's fervor

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Owen Edwards is a freelance writer who previously wrote the "Object at Hand" column in Smithsonian magazine.

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