Tuesday, September 10, 2002


The Wash.Post's Peter Carlson is looking back on September 11, but not in the way you'd expect:

At a time when every magazine from Vanity Fair to Bird Talk contains an anniversary article on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, American History magazine has published a fascinating story about an event that took place exactly 150 years earlier -- on Sept. 11, 1851. Shortly before dawn that morning, a posse of slave catchers led by Edward Gorsuch, a wealthy Maryland farmer, surrounded William Parker's stone farmhouse in Christiana, a village in southeastern Pennsylvania. Hiding inside the house were two slaves who had run away from Gorsuch's Baltimore County farm two years earlier.

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