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On this day in 1851, a group of enslaved people escaped in Christiana, Pennsylvania, and put up an armed resistance against the kidnappers paid to recapture them. In our March 1866 issue, William Parker gave a firsthand account of the incident, beginning with a black man named Samuel Williams alerting Christiana residents of the coming danger:
The information brought by Mr. Williams spread through the vicinity like a fire in the prairies … and when I went home from my work in the evening, I found Pinckney … Abraham Johnson, Samuel Thompson, and Joshua Kite at my house, all of them excited about the rumor. I laughed at them, and said it was all talk. This was the 10th of September, 1851. They stopped for the night with us, and we went to bed as usual. Before daylight, Joshua Kite rose, and started for his home. Directly, he ran back to the house, burst open the door, crying, “O William! kidnappers! kidnappers!” …
I told them all not to be afraid, nor to give up to any slaveholder, but to fight until death.
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For our special project on the business of creativity, Anjali Enjeti wrote about why she’s spent 10 years struggling to get a book deal. This commenter can sympathize:
I wrote novels in high school and university. Work in my 20s interfered, but I made a serious push to write something publishable in my 30s, for a couple of years. I took courses, paid an editor, joined a writing group … But my writing didn’t seem to touch these people or grip them. I felt crushed.
I didn’t write for six years. I learned other ways to be. Then my kids found out I had a manuscript in the house! They were thrilled. They bugged me to online publish. “Just do it!” I took my earlier work and put it on FictionPress piece by piece. Gradually I roped in “views” and then one reviewer. I started writing again, for just that one reviewer.
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