Underground Railroad

The Ohio Underground

Canton, Ohio, Embraces The Disappearing Man There's something about Ohio. Cincinnati, Ohio, is home of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, where I first discovered the story of Henry "Box" Brown and his incredible escape from...

The Museum That Changed My Life

In a little over a week, I will be returning to the museum that altered my writing career and led to my passion--writing historical novels. On Saturday, November 17, at 1 p.m., I will...
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A New Book Trailer for The Vanishing Woman

Bay Forest Books released a new book trailer for The Vanishing Woman, produced by Stan Severance. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uai2yECAxCc The opening lines of the trailer say, "Eliza called her father 'Papa'. Her half-sister, Ellen, called...

Frederick Douglass: ‘A War Upon the Immortal Spirit’

Frederick Douglass, the famed orator and abolitionist, saw his life change in one afternoon in 1833. Learn about his incredible battle with an overseer--a struggle that changed a slave into a man, he said. Click...

Vanishing Woman Out on Kindle

The Vanishing Woman is now available on Kindle. The novel is based on the true story of Ellen Craft, a slave who escaped in 1848 by pretending to be an ailing white man. Her husband...

Sojourner Truth & Talking to Ashes

Sojourner Truth was once told that if she dared to preach, the building where she spoke would be burned. The famous abolitionist responded, "Then I will speak to the ashes." You gotta love it. This past...
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Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Stories: Introducing ‘Peterson Pilgrim’ Magazine

A letter that helped to convict a Nazi war criminal… A squeegee handle that saved the lives of half a dozen people on 9/11… A set of stairs that saved hundreds more… These ordinary objects played a...

Crossing the Jordan–in Ohio

To many abolitionists, the Ohio River was the North's Jordan River, providing access to the Promised Land. The Ohio River was the dividing line between North and South, making it an important crossing point for...

Meet the Vanishing Woman–in Real Life

When actress Jennifer Goran showed me a picture of her mother, I was immediately struck by the uncanny resemblance to Ellen Craft, heroine of my new novel, The Vanishing Woman. This amazing similarity was...

The New Abolitionists

Going Out on a Limb to Stop a Fast-Growing Crime: Modern Slavery   Miller McKim would never forget the day that a Richmond shoemaker named Samuel Smith showed up at his Philadelphia office with a most...