The son of a slave owner turns abolitionist and becomes a conductor on the Underground Railroad.
As fierce slavery debates are dividing the country, James Waynewright breaks family tradition and travels to New York to study. Having grown up on a tobacco plantation in Virginia he never questioned how his family's wealth is generated. In the beginning he is shocked by what he feels are radical ideas of abolition and feels that Northerners have been subject to propaganda. As time goes on, James begins to understand their point of view, and he realizes that he no longer condones slavery.
James falls in love with Katherine Greenfield, an upper class New Yorker and an abolitionist. Due to unforeseen circumstances they hastily marry and return to the plantation. Intending to free their slaves, James and Katherine begin leading double lives in order to help runaways that are escaping north, at the same time having to navigate their neighbors' increasing suspicion and the slave laws of their state.
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Read this book now! JAIMES’ JOURNEY by Helen Lundtrom Erwin - I just had the privilege of being one of the first of its readers before this incredible and mesmerizing of a read becomes a classic. I had just read Aldous Huxley’s ISLAND almost at the same time I finished Paulo Coelho’s THE ALCHEMIST. So, I was not expecting to be pulled in so intensely by the first few pages of a historical novel (really?) about the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. It was fantastic! JAMES’ JOURNEY quickly became my “guilty pleasure” devouring its pages whenever I could. The book unfolds with such richness that I was immediately transported to another time and savored each delicious experience the characters had with wonderful description and dialogue. The history I experienced was fascinating and I genuinely gained more appreciation for the unsung heroes of this movement and the resilience of the human spirit unlike before. It whet my appetite for this era and I find myself reading more about American Historical figures and American contributors for good (I think this book should be in public school libraries!). Lundtrom-Erwin’s words are opulent with subtle poetry, mystery and symbolism and help tell the magnificent tale of how its protagonists undergo spiritual and courageous transformations. I found myself gasping out loud more than once as the story picks up unexpected momentum and I actually called out in alarm as I was completely immersed in the happenings. Better than a video game, my heart was literally racing. I invite you to live through this lens of time briefly and undergo your own transformation through this story of courage and beauty. It is a fast read and a very important book.
This book is simply incredible. Written from the point of view of James, a young man who grew up on a Tobacco Plantation in Virginia that realizes how wrong slavery is and then has the courage act with his conscience even knowing how dangerous it could be. James´ Journey is rich with interesting historical detail about the Underground Railroad and about the Abolitionists in New York. I was very happy to learn that there were so many people who fought against slavery. You rarely hear about courageous people such as Pastor Beecher, the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe and others who encouraged people to do the right thing. What would you do if you realized that what you had been told by your family and community your whole life, was not only wrong, but immoral?
James' Journey is an engrossing portrayal of a man who looks beyond his slave owning heritage and acts to change the world as he knows it. As the story unfolds the characters and places change with the changing times. Historic personalities and events gain a very intimate and matter of fact reality as they are shown through the eyes of the characters of the book. Overall, this book drew me in as much as any other historical fiction I've read and did not disappoint in the end. 5 stars. Would highly recommend.
If you think that you learned everything about slavery and the abolition movement in school, think again. The author's first book "James' Journey" presents a remarkable slice of history of from one of this country's darkest of times. Not only will you come to care about the protagonists but you will discover many little known fascinating features of the underground railroad system. The author's thorough research along with the suspenseful storyline had me "flipping through the pages". I eagerly await her next book!