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All Along the Watchtower

Berlin Trip Takes Me to the Site of the First Shooting Along the Wall Talk about timing. I spent the last two weeks in Austria and...

Black Blizzards

Phoenix Dust Storm Hearkens Back to the Worst Hard Time If you haven't seen the incredible images of the recent dust storm that swept across...

Henry’s Freedom Box

Caldecott Honor Book Joins The Disappearing Man in Canton Festivities I first came across Henry Brown's incredible story while visiting Cincinnati for the premiere of...

The Last Cubs Championship

It Took One of the Craziest Games of All Time   With baseball's All-Star game just around the corner, I can't resist a bit of baseball...

Man is About to Mail Himself From Arkansas to Oregon

If Only Henry Brown Had a Computer Game...   I couldn't resist this curious bit of news. A friend recently sent me an article about a...

Remembering Our 51st State: Forgottonia

When Western Illinois Tried to Split From the Union   Some have described it as our 51st state. But others have called it a republic,...

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...

Slaves Without Masters

Free Blacks Lived on the Edge Between Slavery and Freedom   When Henry Brown arrived in Richmond in 1830 at the age of 15, the city...

1989: The Year That Changed the World

Big Brother Takes a Big Hit in 1989 George Orwell didn't quite get it right. His landmark novel, 1984, describes the 1980s as a time...

Hats Off to Historical Clothing

The Clothing of Slaves Bloomed on Sundays Henry's face lit up when he spotted the mystery girl coming straight toward them, with a friend flanking...