The inspiring, true-life stories of the Underground Railroad come alive for our times in Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva. Join award-winning writer Jim Duffy as he wanders the backroads and small towns of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delaware in search of sites and scenes that will put modern-day travelers in touch with stories from the lives of men and women who set out against all odds in search of freedom from slavery.
The 19th century heroes of these stories include not just the most famous of the region’s escaped slaves, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, but also an array of lesser-known figures whose journeys out of bondage speak volumes about the timeless themes of courage, love, family, and faith.
Each of the 32 chapters in Tubman Travels is centered on a specific Underground Railroad story and set at a destination linked to the events at hand. About half of the chapters are devoted to keystone events in the lives of Tubman and Douglass. The cast of less widely known Underground Railroad heroes featured in other chapters includes Isaac Mason, Rev. Samuel Green, Moses Viney, Harriet Shephard, Lear Green, and Sam and Emeline Hawkins, among others.
“The events that unfolded on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware during slavery times are as moving and important as any in our nation’s history,” says the author. “My goal in Tubman Travels is to tell these stories in fresh, engaging ways so that readers can get an up-close-and-personal feel for the times and for the people who embarked on these remarkable journeys.”
Tubman Travels is organized geographically, with the first chapter set on the Choptank River in Cambridge, Maryland. The stories that follow unfold along a route that takes readers along scenic rural backroads and through such history-laden Maryland towns as Easton, St. Michaels, Denton, Chestertown, Centreville, Galena, and Chesapeake City. Crossing into Delaware, the journeys continue through Seaford, Dover, Middletown, New Castle, and Wilmington.
Many readers will want to use the book as a guide to wandering through the Delmarva Peninsula and experiencing first hand its history, its people, and its natural beauty. But Tubman Travels will also fit the needs of armchair travelers who simply want to sit back and delve into the true-life stories of the brave souls who set out in search of freedom in Underground Railroad times.
This is the second in a series of Secrets of the Eastern Shore guidebooks written by Jim Duffy. The first book, Eastern Shore Road Trips: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva, ranked as a top seller in the travel category both online and at the 40-some area bookstores and retail shops that carry the book. More information about the Eastern Shore Road Trips book is here.
Tubman Travels features original cover art by Lisa Krentel, a painter who lives in Cambridge and whose work has been featured in a number of regional galleries. Here is how her work unfolds across the front and back covers of the new book:
The typography and other elements of the cover were designed by another Eastern Shore artist, Jill Jasuta, a photographer and graphic designer who is also Duffy’s wife.
If you have questions about the book, feel free to contact the author, Jim Duffy, at:
–Posted by Jim Duffy; September 15, 2017