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The general topic of the podcast discusses John Brown and his raid on Harper's Ferry in Virginia in 1859, which some historians argue was a factor that led to the Civil War. It mentions that historians often disagree on John Brown's impact; some say he inspired many abolitionists after him, such as William Lloyd Garrison, while others state that, because the raid on Harpers Ferry was unorganized and failed, that he was simply insane and make no contribution to abolitionism or the onset of the Civil War. John Brown's use of violence was considered controversial among abolitionists and still is among historians today. John Brown was also known as a religious man who used his beliefs to justify his abolition ideals and decisions. The podcast does not take a stance on Brown's identity so much as questions his actions and whether they were justified. Ultimately, it argues that John Brown was justified in his violent actions against slavery with supportive evidence.