James E. Duffey has lived most of his life in Youngstown, Ohio. A graduate of Youngstown State University, he majored in English and history, and has earned both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education, and a Master's Degree in American history.
It was in graduate school that Jim got interested in professional writing, where he was awarded the Madeline Blum Award for the most outstanding original research project of the year, a history entitled The Irish in Youngstown, 1890-1930.
While taking a course in graduate school Jim was assigned to research the anti-war activists during the Civil War, which led him to discover the role of Confederates operating in Canada and their conspiracy with Ohio's anti-war Copperheads. The original study was later expanded because it seemed there was a greater story that needed to be told. Thus began eight years of research and his book, Victim of Honor.
Jim taught at Austintown Fitch High School for thirty-two years, and since 1991 he has served as adjunct professor of history at Kent State University's Stark County branch campus in Canton, Ohio. He currently resides in Medina, Ohio.
James E. Duffey
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