The Christiana Riot and the Treason Trials of 1851: An Historical Sketch

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Press of the New era printing Company, 1911 - Christiana (Pa.) - 158 pages
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Taking place almost 10 years before The Civil War, and 8 years before John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, The Christiana Riot and the treason trials after, are a profound part in Pre-Civil War history. If you are researching events leading up to The Civil War I highly suggest reading this book.

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