Canada's Forgotten Slaves

Canada's Forgotten Slaves

Two Centuries of Bondage

Book - 2013
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This groundbreaking history documents the roots of slavery in everyday colonial Canada and the extreme measures taken by subsequent generations to eradicate any record of their presence. Beginning with the French regime in colonial Canada 1629, noted historian Marcel Trudel examines the roots of slavery and its pervasive existence until its eventual abolition from the British Empire in 1834. Drawn from Trudel’s exhaustive scrutiny of unpublished 17th- through 19th-century archival records, this survey gives a human face to more than 4,000 aboriginal and black slaves who were bought, sold, and exploited in colonial Canada. The compelling narrative chronicles the slaves’ often horrific living conditions, the joys and sorrows of their daily existence, and their quest to gain liberty. The extensive research not only reveals the identities of Canadian slave owners, but sheds light on the whitewashing undertaken by politicians, historians, and ecclesiastics who deliberately falsified records and glorified their colonial-era heroes in order to remove any trace of these slaves held in bondage for more than 200 years.

Publisher: Montréal : Véhicule Press, c2013
Description: 323 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781550653274
Branch Call Number: 306.362 Tru


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Apr 02, 2019

A fascinating book, not the dry statistics that you might expect - although there is some of that - nor the stories of violence that seemed to typify slavery in the U.S. and the West Indies. I was most surprised to learn (a) how widespread slavery was and (b) what rights slaves had, in what is now "Canada".

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