The Black Loyalists: The Search for a Promised Land in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone, 1783-1870

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University of Toronto Press, 1992 - History - 438 pages
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There is a Canadian myth about the Loyalists who left the United States after the American Revolution for Canada. The myth says they were white, upper-class citizens devoted to British ideals, transplanting the best of colonial American society to British North America. In reality, more than 10 per cent of the Loyalists who came to the Maritime provinces were black and had been slaves. The Black Loyalists tells the story of one such group who came to Nova Scotia, but didn't stay. James Walker documents their experience in Canada, following them across the Atlantic as they became part of a unique colonial experiment in Sierra Leone.

 

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Contents

Land and Settlement in Nova Scotia
18
Freedom Denied
40
Black Society in Loyalist Nova Scotia
64
Foundation of Sierra Leone
94
Black Exodus
115
The Year of Jubilee
145
A New Captivity
165
The Promised Land
190
Black and White
241
The Ransomed Sinners
271
The Golden Age 37
307
The Disinheritance
331
Creoledom
360
Epilogue
381
Bibliography
404
Copyright

Black Nationalism
218

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James W. St.G. Walker is a member of the Department of History at the University of Waterloo

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