The Promised Land: History and Historiography of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent's Settlements ind Beyond

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Boulou Ebanda de B béri, Nina Reid-Maroney, Handel Kashope Wright
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2014 - History - 234 pages

Eschewing the often romanticized Underground Railroad narrative that portrays southern Ontario as the welcoming destination of Blacks fleeing from slavery, The Promised Land reveals the Chatham-Kent area as a crucial settlement site for an early Black presence in Canada. The contributors present the everyday lives and professional activities of individuals and families in these communities and highlight early cross-border activism to end slavery in the United States and to promote civil rights in the United States and Canada. Essays also reflect on the frequent intermingling of local Black, White, and First Nations people. Using a cultural studies framework for their collective investigations, the authors trace physical and intellectual trajectories of Blackness that have radiated from southern Ontario to other parts of Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa. The result is a collection that represents the presence and diffusion of Blackness and inventively challenges the grand narrative of history.


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Introducing the Promised Land Project
From Fragments through Biography to History
Transgeographical Trajectories and Identity Formation beyond the Underground Railroad
The Challenges and Accomplishments of the Promised Land
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Nina Reid-Maroney is an associate professor in the Department of History at Huron University College, Western University.

Handel Kashope Wright is a professor of Education and founding director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education at the University of British Columbia.

Boulou Ebanda de b'Béri is a professor of Communication and Cultural Studies and the founding director of the Audiovisual Media Lab for the study of Cultures and Societies at the University of Ottawa.

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