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by ANDREA ROWLAND | February 15, 2004
Editor's note: This is the fourth and final part of a series on the Underground Railroad in the Tri-State area: Sunday, Jan. 25: An overview of the Underground Railroad Sunday, Feb. 1: Slavery and the path to freedom in West Virginia. Sunday, Feb. 8: A look at the history of Washington County and other parts of Maryland as slaves sought freedom. Today: Fugitive slaves reached free soil when they crossed into Pennsylvania, but that did not mean they were safe from slave catchers.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | February 8, 2004
Editor's note: This is the third part of a four-part series on the Underground Railroad in the Tri-State area: Sunday, Jan. 25: An overview of the Underground Railroad Sunday, Feb. 1: Slavery and the path to freedom in West Virginia. Today: A look at the history of Washington County and other parts of Maryland as slaves sought freedom. Sunday, Feb. 15: Fugitive slaves reached free soil when they crossed into Pennsylvania, but that did not mean they were safe from slave catchers.
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By DON AINES | February 29, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Documenting the path and history of the Underground Railroad through Franklin County is a daunting task, precisely because those who used and operated it were acting in secret. Much of what is known about the system of routes and safe houses used by fleeing slaves is anecdotal - stories passed from generation to generation, rumors and old newspaper stories written decades after the Civil War ended the need for the Underground Railroad. In 2007, the Franklin County Underground Railroad Coalition was formed by the county's Visitors Bureau, which identified 20 sites with potential connections to the Underground Railroad, said Janet Pollard, director of the bureau.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | December 26, 2012
The American Civil War has been very good for a Charles Town author who, in the last six years, has been researching the area's history for material for historical novels based on real people and real situations connected with that conflict. Bob O'Connor has just finished his fifth novel, “The Return of Catesby,” the story of a slave who was born in Jefferson County. The latest is a sequel to “Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War,” which O'Connor published in 2008. The new book comes out in January.
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by KATE COLEMAN | September 16, 2002
katec@herald-mail.com There were 23,110 casualties at the battle of Antietam. The Civil War - skirmishes, battles and disease - took the lives of more than 610,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. Beyond the mind-numbing numbers are the personal stories of families and communities affected by the fighting. What effect did the war have on women - the wives, the mothers, the sisters, the friends of those soldiers? The war's impact on some women of the period is well-known.
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by DARCY SHULL | March 6, 2007
Review Picture this: You are in church. As everyone stands for the next hymn, you recognize the song in just a few notes from the organ, and you all begin to sing "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound. " Sure, you've known that song practically your whole life. But do you know who wrote it? Or what it means? I bet not. The song is now the theme of the movie "Amazing Grace," which tells a story of one man's life and his fight for the abolition of the British slave trade in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
LIFESTYLE
BY TIFFANY ARNOLD | tiffanya@herald-mail.com | December 26, 2010
Chalky, gritty, funny-shaped candies of old are Susan Benjamin's windows into history. And history never tasted so sweet. "Put this in your mouth and close your eyes," said Benjamin, an author, former journalist and, more recently, a candy researcher. "Now imagine you're very cold and you're fighting in the Civil War. You're in a ditch somewhere. This is what you may have been eating when you felt bad or needed some energy. That's the real flavor. " "How often do you get that?"
LIFESTYLE
June 24, 2011
Author Christopher Webber is the guest of honor at the Washington County Free Library's fundraiser from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Washington County Fine Arts Museum, City Park, Hagerstown. The fundraiser benefits the Western Maryland Room and the Museum's Children's Educational Programs. Webber is the author of the newly released book "American to the Backbone: The Life of James W.C. Pennington. The Fugitive Slave Who Became One of the First Black Abolitionists. " A light reception and book signing will follow the presentation.
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Lesley Mason | Kids Ink | February 17, 2011
February is Black History Month. Take this time to read books about lesser-known individuals that made an impact on our history. "Bad Boy: A Memoir," by Walter Dean Myers (Ages 12 and older) Although born in Martinsburg, W.Va., Myers acturally grew up in Harlem in the 1940s. The title follows his life as he drops out of high school and joins the Army. Though never a great student, Myers never gives up on his writing and goes on to win the Coretta Scott King Award for African American authors five times and was the first winner of the Michael L. Printz Award.
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June 2, 2005
Thursday, June 2 9 p.m. on NBC "Hit Me Baby One More Time" Its fitting that this show is part of NBC's summer season (everyone's at the beach) lineup. The program mines the dustbins of pop stardom for a worthy has-been who then performs his or her old hit and something currently on the airwaves. Viewers are the judge, jury and hopefully executioner. 11 p.m. on Bravo "Dan Finnerty & the Dan Band: I am Woman" For something completely different, check out L.A.'s Dan band as it performs its comedy song and dance routine to some of pop music's classics.
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