The New Race

byWilliam H.H. JohnsonAfterword byJade Ferguson

November 16, 2022|
The New Race by William H.H. Johnson
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William H.H. Johnson’s The Life of Wm. H.H. Johnson, from 1839 to 1900, and the New Race (1904) is the only classical slave narrative in the black North American tradition published by a British Columbian. In his memoir, Johnson writes an account of his mother’s flight from Kentucky to Indiana while pregnant with him. During his youth, his family were “station masters” of the Underground Railroad in various towns in Indiana, helping blacks escape to freedom in Canada. Although Indiana was ostensibly a free state, the law allowed bounty hunters to recapture those who had freed themselves. Johnson’s family ultimately fled to Ontario. Johnson migrated west to British Columbia, where he worked as a varnish maker in the Vancouver neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant. There he wrote his life story. Johnson also wrote a tract called The Horrors of Slavery. Both works are included in this volume.

William H.H. Johnson (1839–1905) was born in Madison, Indiana, the son of a fugitive slave mother and a free father. According to the Fugitive Slave Act, his parentage made Johnson a slave himself, despite that he was born in a free state. When his mother’s former owners appeared to be on their trail, Johnson’s fam...
Title:The New Race
Product dimensions:250 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:250 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 1 in
Published:November 16, 2022
Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781771124140

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