The Fateful Days of 9/11?

The year was 1777.

A line of redcoats moved through the dark, quietly, out of Kennett Square toward Jeffries' Ford, six miles away. The time was 4 in the morning.

The British plan was to trap Washington's army, drive it to retreat at Valley Forge, and occupy Philadelphia, without resistance. The date: September 11th.

The British succeeded; the American's lost. And the date - September 11th - was considered then, and is considered now, a fateful day in American history.

Across time, however, a view of September 11th in Philadelphia history yields another portrait that shows this day as any other. [Read more...]

Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service

Funding was provided by The William Penn Foundation.

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Marking Pennsylvania History

Lasting just a day, the Battle of Brandywine took place on September 11th, 1777. The Revolutionary War battleground is spread over what's today Chester and Delaware Counties. WHYY's Joel Rose reports that development is transforming this historic battleground -- and not everyone is happy about it. [Listen]

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