The story of Harriet Tubman's flight to freedom should be of particular interest to Marylanders: She was born a slave in Bucktown, Md., in about 1820. One of 10 children, Tubman grew up on a plantation where she chopped wood and did field labor until she fled north and joined the secret network of free blacks and sympathizers who helped the runaway slaves escape through the "Underground Railroad."
A National Geographic interactive Web site simulates this perilous journey to freedom, asking the user to step into a slave's shoes and make the same difficult choices as the people who risked their lives during Tubman's time. It is found at www.nationalgeographic. com/features/99/railroad/index. html.
Two well-written books for children ages 4-8 about the Underground Railroad are:
* "Follow the Drinking Gourd" by Jeanette Winter
* "Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky" by Faith Ringgold