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The Book: Tubman Travels–32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva

Tubman Travels Book CoverThe 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.

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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.

Tubman Travels Book Author Jim Duffy“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.

You can see the Table of Contents from Tubman Travels here.

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:

Tubman Travels Book Cover Art

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.

Here is a free sneak preview of “Tubman Travels” from a chapter about the young Frederick Douglass titled, “The Fight of His Life.”

• And here is another one set on the C&D Canal. It’s from a chapter titled, “Love Comes in a Box.”

If you have questions about the book, feel free to contact the author, Jim Duffy, at:

SecretsoftheEasternShore@gmail.com

443.477.4490

–Posted by Jim Duffy; September 15, 2017

10 Comments

  1. John October 31, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I just love how the liberals scrub history.. This anti~gun is so sad.. I the picture I don’t see the 12ga double barrel shotgun…She always had one !! You will not let this comment stand.. Truth hurts..

    • Secrets of the Eastern Shore November 1, 2017 at 6:12 am - Reply

      I appreciate your comment, John. The book actually covers a lot more people than Harriet Tubman who escaped along the Underground Railroad in the Delmarva area. The illustration on the front is meant to be a mother and daughter on the run from slavery, not Tubman and a child. The back cover of the physical books helps make that clear. Please know that inside the book there is an extended section about how Tubman carried a gun, and why. I understand that you are frustrated by seeing history “scrubbed,” but I just wanted to reassure you that this this is not a case where that is happening. All the best, Jim Duffy.

  2. Regina King December 26, 2017 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Mr. Duffy, I would like to know if the contents of this book claim to be factual, if so where are you getting your information?

    • Secrets of the Eastern Shore December 26, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Hello Regina King, and thank you so much for your interest in this. The stories in this book are indeed factual accounts of the journeys people took along the Underground Railroad through the upper part of the Delmarva Peninsula. In the book I tie each of the 32 stories to a place that readers can visit today. My research sources were pretty wide ranging in putting it together. There were modern-day histories of the Underground Railroad and modern-day biographies of Tubman and Douglass, as well as a wealth of materials from the period–autobiographies, slave narratives, and of course William Still’s book. Thank you again for your question here!

  3. Rosie Schwier February 22, 2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    I read that she carried a gun in the deep pocket of her skirt.
    When she got a group of slaves to Ohio, sometime they were really scared because of the slavecatchers and wanted to go back to their plantation. She would pull her gun and say that they would go on,…or stay here

    • Secrets of the Eastern Shore February 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      Rosie, that story is most likely true–it was recorded in an early biography of Tubman written while she was still alive, though it would have happened in Maryland or Delaware, not Ohio. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Linda March 30, 2018 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Thanks for the information. It really amazes me that when history is being revealed people don’t want to hear it. All of the history books need to be rewritten because they don’t tell the real history. So much has been left out of the history books. The true history needs to be revealed and written especially about women and all people of color. Thank you.

  5. Robert May 1, 2018 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Thanks Jim – good job

  6. Vincent July 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    As if the important part of Harriet Tubman’s story is that she carried a gun! Yes, she carried a gun in the act of what would have been considered a crime…she was a brave and heroic woman.

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