The inspiring stories of the Underground Railroad come alive for our times in Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva. Join award-winning author Jim Duffy as he wanders the Delmarva Peninsula in search of sites and scenes that put modern-day travelers in touch with unforgettable tales from the courageous journeys that Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and an array of lesser known heroes took through this historic region in search of freedom from slavery.
Tubman Travels is slated for release in September of 2017.
“The journeys that unfolded here on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware during slavery times are as moving and important as any in our nation’s history,” Duffy says. “My goal in Tubman Travels is to tell those stories in fresh, engaging ways. I want to help readers gain a fuller sense for the people involved in those momentous events, and for the times they lived in, something that goes above and beyond what they can glean from a roadside marker or a travel brochure.”
Each of the book’s 32 “journeys” is centered on a specific Underground Railroad story and set in a destination linked to the events at hand. About half of the chapters are devoted to keystone events in the lives of the Delmarva region’s two most famous escaped slaves, Dorchester County native Harriet Tubman and Talbot County native Frederick Douglass. The book also has chapters devoted to an array of other, less widely known Underground Railroad heroes. This cast of characters includes Isaac Mason, Rev. Samuel Green, Moses Viney, Harriet Shephard, Lear Green, and Sam and Emeline Hawkins, among others.
Tubman Travels is organized geographically, with the first chapter set on the Choptank River in Cambridge. 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.
“I hope that the book inspires people to get out and wander through the Delmarva Peninsula to experience its stories and its history,” Duffy says. “But I also tried to write the book in a way that will appeal to armchair travelers, those who are more inclined to sit back at home and read about the true-life stories of the brave souls who set out on these Underground Railroad journeys.”
This is the second in a series of Secrets of the Eastern Shore guidebooks written by 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 Road Trips book is here.
A veteran journalist, Duffy has won numerous awards over the years for his work in regional magazines about topics in travel, history, and medicine. He is the founder of Secrets of the Eastern Shore, a local business based in Cambridge that is dedicated to celebrating the Delmarva region in stories, photos, and products. The Secrets of the Eastern Shore Facebook page now has more than 34,000 followers.
The new 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 local artist, Jill Jasuta, a photographer and graphic designer who is also Duffy’s wife. More information about the book and where to buy it will be available at SecretsoftheEasternShore.com as the release date approaches. In the meantime, you can contact Jim Duffy at SecretsoftheEasternShore@gmail.com or 443.477.4490.
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Last but not least: Thank you so much for your interest in the new book!
–Posted by Jim Duffy; July 21, 2017
NOTE #1: The image up top here features historic photos of (clockwise from top left) Moses Viney, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Samuel Burris.
NOTE #2: The Tubman Travels Table of Contents:
1 Modesty on the Choptank (Cambridge)
2 Flight from the Auction Block (Cambridge)
3 SIDE TRIP: The Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center (Cambridge)
4 Welcome to the World, Araminta (Dorchester County)
5 ‘The Good Old Ship of Zion’: The Christmas Escape, Part 1 (Dorchester County)
6 ‘I Prayed All de Time’: Harriet’s Escape, Part 1 (Dorchester County)
7 Love Stories at Buttons Creek: The Christmas Escape, Part 2 (Dorchester County)
8 The View North at the Harriet Tubman Visitors Center (Dorchester County)
9 ‘The Lord Giveth, and the Lord Taketh Away’ (Dorchester County)
10 Young Harriet Goes Down to the Crossroads (Bucktown)
11 The Price of Freedom (East New Market)
12 Sailing South to Freedom (Seaford)
13 SIDELIGHT: The View Down Below (Seaford)
14 A Mother’s Love Is a Mysterious Thing: The Christmas Escape, Part 3 (Poplar Neck/Choptank)
15 Saving Mom and Dad (Poplar Neck/Choptank)
16 Side Trip: The Webb Cabin (Preston/Harmony)
17 The Other Moses (Denton)
18 ‘I’m Sorry I’m Gwine to Lebe You’: Harriet’s Escape, Part 2 (Greensboro)
19 The Birth of Freedom (Tuckahoe River)
20 The Fight of His Life (St. Michaels/Wittman)
21 A Long and Desperate Walk in Chains (St. Michaels/Easton)
22 Frederick Douglass Comes Back Home (St. Michaels/Easton)
23 SIDE TRIP: The Oxford Waterfront (Oxford)
24 An Unlikely Appeal for Mercy (Centreville)
25 The Other Harriet’s Wild Ride for Freedom (Chestertown)
26 ‘We All Knelt Down on the Snow-Covered Ground’ (Galena)
27 Love Comes in a Box (Chesapeake City/Delaware City)
28 Fred Bailey Finally Finds His Way to Freedom (Havre de Grace)
29 The Flight of the Dover Eight (Dover)
30 The Flight of Sam And Emeline Hawkins (Middletown/New Castle)
31 SIDE TRIPS: Quaker Graveyards (Odessa/Camden/Wilmington)
32 ‘Glory to God! One More Soul Got Safe!’ (Wilmington)