Bleeding Kansas, Uncle Tom's Cabin, John Brown, and Beecher's Bibles (Rifles) - American Minute with Bill Federer
Rev. Henry Ward Beecher purchased the chains that held abolitionist John Brown in prison, even dragging them across the platform and stomping on them as he preached against slavery.
He held simulated auctions in which his congregation donated money to buy freedom for real slaves.
From 1854 to 1858, Henry Ward Beecher and his church bought hundreds of the new Sharps Rifles and shipped them to anti-slavery Free Soil supporters and abolitionist Republicans in Kansas.