Blacks in Canada: A History

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Feb 13, 1997 - History - 546 pages
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Using an impressive array of primary and secondary materials, Robin Winks details the diverse experiences of Black immigrants to Canada, including Black slaves brought to Nova Scotia and the Canadas by Loyalists at the end of the American Revolution, Black refugees who fled to Nova Scotia following the War of 1812, Jamaican Maroons, and fugitive slaves who fled to British North America. He also looks at Black West Coast businessmen who helped found British Columbia, particularly Victoria, and Black settlement in the prairie provinces. Throughout Winks explores efforts by African-Canadians to establish and maintain meaningful lifestyles in Canada. The Blacks in Canada investigates the French and English periods of slavery, the abolitionist movement in Canada, and the role played by Canadians in the broader continental antislavery crusade, as well as Canadian adaptations to nineteenth- and twentieth-century racial mores. The second edition includes a new introduction by Winks on changes that have occurred since the book's first appearance and where African-Canadian studies stands today.
 

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Contents

1 Slavery in New France 16281760
1
2 Slavery the Loyalists and English Canada 17601801
24
3 Back to Africa 17911801
61
4 The Attack on Slavery in British North America 17931833
96
5 The Refugee Negroes
114
6 The Coming of the Fugitive Slave 18151861
142
7 The Canadian Canaan 18421870
178
8 A Continental Abolitionism?
233
11 Source of Strength?The Church
337
12 Source of Strength?The Schools
362
13 Source of Strength?The Press
390
14 SelfHelp and a New Awakening 19301970
413
15 The Black Tile in the Mosaic
470
How Many Negroes in Canada?
484
Some Indicative Census Returns
486
Note on Sources
497

9 West of the Rockies
272
10 To the Nadir 18651930
288

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Yale University

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