U.S. History

"Snow Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835"

Jefferson Morley

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Jefferson Morley, Washington correspondent for Salon recounts the first race riot in Washington, D.C. in August 1835.  The riots were followed by two criminal trials tried by the City's district attorney, Francis Scott Key, the author of The Star Spangled Banner.  Key defended slavery in his prosecution and sought capital punishment, only to be thwarted by the alleged victim, Anna Thornton; whose late husband William Thornton, designed the United States Capitol.  Jefferson Morley speaks at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis.

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Jefferson Morley

Jefferson Morley is the author of Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA.  He is the Washington correspondent for Salon


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"Snow Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835"

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