|Santa Fe Trail, Kansas|
Custer wasn't even enrolled into West Point until 1858. However, Col. Robert E. Lee was the commandant of the academy in 1854--and was appointed by President Buchanan to lead the attack on Brown at Harper's Ferry in 1859.
On contemporary standards--this film is racist. Blacks are portrayed as noble sufferers who don't know how to cope with the freedom Brown gave them. In one scene, Brown abandons a group of slaves--leaving them to burn to death in a barn fire with Stuart. And Brown treated the Harper's Ferry hostages well--in this movie, Brown shoots one. The abolitionist stronghold of Palmyra is referred to as "the cancer of Kansas."
Michael Curtiz, who won a a Best Director Academy Award three years later for Casablanca, directs here.
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|Reagan Museum, Eureka College|