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A 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
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Kindle Edition, 407 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by Powersimple, LLC
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It does have some romantic elements although I would not consider it a romance novel per se.
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Thank you for your question.
It does have some romantic elements although I would not consider it a romance novel per se.
Adventurist? Not really. Not in the sense that you think of an adventure as something fun and exciting. Without spoiling the plot, toward the end of the novel there are events that certainly are adventurous, but it's due to dire circumstances.
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Anne Andersson
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love when learning comes for free! By reading James' Journey I learnt a lot about slaves/abolitionists, whithout any effort. Reading the book was pure joy. It was as interesting as exciting. I eagerly await the next book from this author!!!
Ben Thaddeus
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
People think of Lincoln and the Civil War as having ended slavery, but before then, the Abolitionist Movement and the Underground Railroad fought the moral scourge of slavery. In this compelling work of historical fiction set in both the North and South, you get inside the mind of someone who grew up thinking that owning slaves was perfectly normal. Then, by being exposed to a different way of thinking, the protagonist gains a different perspective and realizes that he can no longer accept the u ...more
Marcia Carter
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
James' Journey by Helen Lundstrom Erwin is a very well researched historical novel. I love reading books that expand
my knowledge and understanding of events that happened in the past which impact on present day conditions. James' Journey takes place a few years before the Civil War. It tells the story of a slaveowner's son whose outlook on slavery changes dramatically when he goes to Medical School in New York City. The fact that James keeps an open mind to other peoples' ideas shows that he has
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Shannon
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The tides of social pressure push us toward our fate, however, the brave, the courageous, the free thinkers forge their our fate, create their own destiny. James is such a man. In the face of injustice he has the courage to listen and learn from the voices of dissension and change the course of his own history and, in a small way, the nation's. In this work of historical fiction, Helen Lundström Erwin has woven a captivating tale of social and personal awakening. Her charters are heart-warming a ...more
Daniel Damiano
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Helen Erwin's "James' Journey" is a rich, extremely well-researched journey indeed, as we follow one man's metamorphosis from being a son of slave-owning parents to becoming an enlightened savior. A particular triumph of this book is its depth of character and engaging story, and avoiding the didacticism that a lesser writer might have been content with given its ever-important subject matter. A must-read for those who love rich historically-based stories written with care and intelligence.
Malin
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really like historical books and this one is great. The subject is very interesting and the people of the book very likable. I wish it had been longer...
Mia Raderud
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As with all great books I miss the characters when finished the novel. The author has got me into their lives and thoughts, I want to meet them again and be with them. Helen Lundstrom Erwin has succeeded with giving two perspectives of the slavery, from the slave owners perspective and of course from the slaves and the abolitionists side. Especially the creepy feeling when the pro-slavery neighbors start to suspect that they have antagonists among them. Must be read!
Michele Millington
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Ingela
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating story, I couldn't put the book down and finished it in two days!
Highly recommended reading, and I look forward to reading more by this author.
A must for those interested in the Underground Railroad and the horrible history of slavery.
Run and get it!
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