Raising the Sunken Road of American Politics

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The bloodiest day in American history was not inflicted by Al Qaeda on 9/11, or the Japanese Empire at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, or Nazi Germany on D-Day June 6, all among the most famous dates in U.S. history.
Instead, we did it to ourselves. At Antietam, Md., on this date, Sept. 17, 1862, Americans killed or mortally wounded 6,300 of their brothers in a single day. The most appalling battle scene occurred at Sunken Road, a narrow, low-lying wagon track over which 10,000 Southern and Northern soldiers fought at point-blank range so fiercely they inflicted 5,500 casualties on one another in…


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