History of abolitionist activity in Waverly is Sunbury Press bestseller for January

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Feb. 12, 2017PRLog — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January. Jim Remsen’s history Embattled Freedom took the top spot. Seinsoth by Steven K Wagner was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for January, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
2 2 Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
3 Hatched Robert Barsky Literary Fiction
4 1 Strange Magic Catherine Jordan, et al Literary Fiction
5 12 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
6 11 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
7 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
8 44 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
9 18 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
10 38 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
11 The Final Charge Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
12 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
13 Mary Sachs Barbara Trainin-Blank Biography
14 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L Moore History
15 8 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
16 Hidden Dangers R J Stout Current Events
17 4 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
18 33 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
19 24 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
20 16 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
21 25 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
22 The Politics of Prevailing William Miller Education
23 The Bookseller’s Secret Catherine Jordan Horror
24 37 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
25 48 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
26 41 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
27 The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger … Max Klinger Geneaology
28 NEW Burner Thomas Malafarina Horror
29 NEW 13 Deadly Endings Thomas Malafarina Horror
30 49 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
31 Seeking Samiel Catherine Jordan Horror
32 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
33 The Death Machine Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
34 39 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
35 34 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
36 36 The Best of Keystone Tombstones Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
37 Indian Villages and Place Names in PA George Donehoo History
38 28 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
39 The Georgia Segregated School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
40 27 Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
41 26 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
42 22 A Year if Change and Consequences Mark Singel Memoir
43 5 Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
44 The Heatstroke Line Ed Rubin Climate Fiction
45 32 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
46 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
47 The Hidden Legacy of World War II Carol Vento History
48 Keystone Tombstones Volume 2 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
49 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
50 43 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History

ef_fcJim Remsen’s history of abolitionist activity in Waverly, PA, entitled “Embattled Freedom,” was #1 due to advance sales leading up to its release. Steven K Wagner’s biography “Seinsoth” about the Dodger who almost was took #2 due to bookstore sales. Robert Barsky’s novel “Hatched” returned to the rankings thanks to author appearances at topical venues. The Perry County Council of the Arts’ writers workshop anthology “Strange Magic” was #4 due to strong sales up until the release party at the Landis House in Newport, PA. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” nabbed #5 thanks to strong ebook sales of the 2nd edition.

The company released three new titles in January:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for January, 2016
Burner Thomas Malafarina Horror
13 Deadly Endings Thomas Malafarina Horror
Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

Waverly, Pennsylvania was a haven for run-away slaves in the 19th century

SCRANTON, Pa.  — Sunbury Press has released Embattled Freedom: Chronicle of a Fugitive-Slave Haven in the Wary North, Jim Remsen’s history of the town of Waverly’s role in the Underground Railroad and other abolitionist activity.

About the Book:
ef_fcRural Northeastern Pennsylvania was a bucolic farming region in the 1800s—but political tensions churned below the surface. When a group of fugitive slaves dared to settle in the Underground Railroad village of Waverly, near Scranton, before the Civil War, they encountered a mix of support from abolitionists and animosity from white supremacists. Once the war came, 13 of Waverly’s black fathers and sons returned south, into the bowels of slavery, to fight for the Union. Their valor under fire helped to change many minds about blacks. Embattled Freedom lifts these 13 remarkable lives out of the shadows, while also shedding light on the racial politics and social codes they and their people endured in the divided North. The men had found a safe haven in Waverly, but like other people of color in the 1800s and early 1900s, their freedom was uneasy, their battle for respect never-ending.

Readers are invited to visit embattledfreedom.org, a related, free educational website. There you will find:
Learning segments based on themes in the book
Author’s blog
Classroom materials
Repository of illustrations
Recommended reading

About the Author:
Jim Remsen is a journalist and author of two prior books, The Intermarriage Handbook (HarperCollins, 1988) and Visions of Teaoga (Sunbury, 2014). Since retiring as Religion Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jim has pursued his keen interest in history, with a focus on underappreciated aspects of our nation’s local histories. Being a native of Waverly, Pa., he is pleased to be bringing his old hometown’s remarkable black and abolitionist period to light.

Praise:
A fascinating history that needs to be shared.”
-Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus, Director, Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton

A well-researched and documented read that revisits the challenges of 13 freedom-seekers who served during the Civil War. A research gem.”
-Sherman Wooden, President, Center for Anti-Slavery Studies, Montrose, Pa.

Embattled Freedom: Chronicle of a Fugitive-Slave Haven in the Wary North
Written by Jim Remsen
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″   (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
246 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068113
ISBN-10: 1620068117
BISAC: History / United States / Civil War

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Embattled-Freedom-978162…

Harrisburg's historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal church predates the Civil War

HARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Along the Bethel Trail: The Journey of an African American Faith Community presented by Friends of the Bethel Trail.

About the Book:

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Harrisburg, 1835 – 2015

atbt_fc smThroughout its history, the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Harrisburg has been a critical link in the chain of places, people, and events that bind and strengthen Pennsylvania’s quest for equity, parity, and social justice. Along the Bethel Trail is an anthology of articles by area authors, scholars and humanists that guides readers through the history of this resilient congregation in relationship to the legacy and impact on the community that it serves. Each contributing author writes of a specific historical period and geographic site where the church was located. From that vantage point, the authors explore the social and civic engagement of the congregation and its leadership in time and place, as the church and surrounding communities were continuously uprooted to make room for the expanding state capitol complex. Together their articles frame the impact of the church and congregation on the development of Harrisburg’s diverse community. The combined articles also articulate the struggle of Harrisburg’s African-American community for economic development, sustainability, and a sense of place over the past 180 years.

The anthology of articles supports the eight paneled interpretive signage and self-guided experience along Harrisburg’s Bethel Trail. Discover the location of Bethel’s first church at the current Amtrak station, key 19thcentury sites at Harrisburg’s Forum, Fountain, and Justice buildings along Commonwealth Ave, its 20th century site at 6th and Herr and Bethel’s current 21st century home in midtowns at 1721 N.5th street.

Along the Bethel Trail: The Journey of an African American Faith Community
Authored by Lenwood O. Sloan, Nancy Mendes, and Michael L. Barton
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 60 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162006586X
ISBN-13: 978-1620065860
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
BISAC: History / African American

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Along-the-Bethel-Trail-9…