Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada

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Dundurn, 2010 - Social Science - 282 pages
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When the passage of the Abolition of Slavery Act, effective August 1, 1834, ushered in the end of slavery throughout the British Empire, people of the African descent celebrated their newfound freedom. Now African-American fugitive slaves, free black immigrants, and the few remaining enslaved Africans could live unfettered live in Canada -- a reality worthy of celebration.

This new, well-researched book provides insight into the creation, development, and evolution of a distinct African-Canadian tradition through descriptive historical accounts and appealing images. The social, cultural, political, and educational practices of Emanipation Day festivities across Canada are explored, with emphasis on Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and British Columbia.

"Emancipation is not only a word in the dictionary, but an action to liberate one's destiny. This outstanding book is superb in the interpretation of "the power of freedom" in one's heart and mind -- moving from 1834 to present." -- Dr. Henry Bishop, Black Cultural Centre, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

 

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Contents

Foreword by Afua Cooper
9
Acknowledgements
15
Interpreting Emancipation Day Celebrations
23
From Enslavement to Freedom
37
The Route to Celebrations in Ontario
45
Central Ontario
108
Celebrations in Other Parts of Canada
165
British Columbia
185
Other Elements of Emancipation Day
197
Epilogue
221
Emancipation Song Get Off the Track
228
Bibliography
258
Index
266
About the Author
283
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About the author (2010)

Natasha Henry is the director of programs and an elementary teacher at a private school in the Greater Toronto area. She is also a curriculum consultant and speaker, specializing in the development of learning materials that focus on the African experience. Natasha has developed the educational programs for two innovative exhibits on African Canadian history:...and Still I Rise and Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada. Natasha live in Mississaga, Ontario.

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