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The Christiana Resistance

In the early morning hours of September 11, 1851—ten years before the Civil War and exactly 150 years to the day before the September 11, 2001, catastrophe in New York City and elsewhere—a fight erupted that would rock the nation. It was initially between a Southern slaveholder and some escaped slaves in Christiana, a small town between Philadelphia and Lancaster in Pennsylvania near the Mason-Dixon Line separating North and South, and two miles from Gap, where my father, Charles (Charlie) Coates Walker, grew up. The Christiana Resistance (sometimes unkindly called the Christiana Riot or Christiana Rebellion) is🔒

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Brenda Walker Beadenkopf, a member of Concord (Pa.) Meeting and the mother of nine children, lives in Niles, Michigan. She is a former editor of the weekly Michigan newspaper Berrien County Record and is currently a contributing editor of Bridgman Baroda Beat. She is writing a biography of her Quaker activist father, Charlie Walker, and she invites anyone with information or anecdotes about him to contact her at [email protected]​qtm.​net.


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