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.
James’ Journey is the realization that the foundation of the world he lives in is immoral. The paradigm that he has accepted all his life comes into such conflict with his epiphany that he becomes willing to risk everything to do what is right.
Officer Helga Hedgehog Meets the New Neighbors
One night, Officer Helga Hedgehog makes an amazing discovery.
Her new neighbors, the Space Specks, are actually aliens from another planet.
And they have a problem only she can solve...
Helen’s illustrations give you an immediate sense of Officer Helga Hedgehog’s personality. You see it in Helga’s gentle smile when she opens her door when someone knocks. How she leaves it ajar with a stranger waiting outside. Or in the way she shakes her leg when she gets excited.
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Bibliophile’s WorkshopBibliophile's Reverie, Justin Boyer
- Day #1 – Abolitionist Legacy of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
- Day #2 – The Complex Story of the Famed ‘Underground Railroad’
- Day #3 – The ‘Quaker’ Spirituality of the Abolitionists
- Day #4 – Review of Helen Lundstrom Erwin’s James’ Journey
- Day #5 – Interview with Author Helen Lundstrom Erwin
- Day #6 – Review of the Film “Amazing Grace”
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Is your Book Club, Social or Racial Justice Discussion Group reading James’ Journey? You can invite Helen to join your discussion, in-person or via video conference.
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Helga Hedgehog Promotions
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Helen was born and raised in Helsingborg, Sweden, and lives in New York City. She loves the city’s rich multicultural community, especially its many cuisines.
Grounding her historical novels in scholarly research, she brings readers back in time by putting them in the minds of her characters.
Intrigued by activity in day to day life that explain what people were thinking, she sheds light on how people on the wrong side of history justified their actions. Learning not only that people acted a certain way, but why, gives readers insight into the past.
Helen is especially inspired by people who had the courage to challenge the beliefs they were raised to accept, thus breaking the cycle of racism, sexism and injustice.
Helen’s children’s books are humorous and sweet. Drawing on her background in early childhood education, she’s portraying exciting situations (think aliens from outer space) that encourage children to be emphatic, helpful, and open to new experiences and friends.
Helen’s second historical novel is getting ready for publication. Set in Sweden in the 19th and 20th Centuries, two women, an unwed mother and a suffragist, change history.
She is currently working on her third novel. Set in Sweden in the 16th and 17th Century, it's a story about sorcery trials, taking place earlier than the more commonly known witch-trials.