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How 413 words triggered an attack on journalism in Baltimore in 1812

How 413 words triggered an attack on journalism in Baltimore in 1812

Nearly 30 years after the 13 colonies went up against the world’s biggest superpower, America decided to do it again.

The decision in 1812 to engage in war with Great Britain was over its persisting infringement of U.S. maritime rights. The Senate and House of Representatives authorized President James Madison to declare war against the British.

This choice was politically polarizing, writes Josh Cutler, author of “Mobtown Massacre: Alexander Hanson and the Baltimore Newspaper War of 1812.”

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Cutler will speak about his book — and...

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