The Blacks in Canada: A History

Paperback | May 16, 2000

byRobin W. Winks

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Using an impressive array of primary and secondary materials, Robin Winks details the diverse experiences of Black immigrants to Canada, including Black slaves brought to Nova Scotia and the Canadas by Loyalists at the end of the American Revolution, Black refugees who fled to Nova Scotia following the War of 1812, Jamaican Maroons, and fugitive slaves who fled to British North America. He also looks at Black West Coast businessmen who helped found British Columbia, particularly Victoria, and Black settlement in the prairie provinces. Throughout Winks explores efforts by African-Canadians to establish and maintain meaningful lifestyles in Canada. The Blacks in Canada investigates the French and English periods of slavery, the abolitionist movement in Canada, and the role played by Canadians in the broader continental antislavery crusade, as well as Canadian adaptations to nineteenth- and twentieth-century racial mores. The second edition includes a new introduction by Winks on changes that have occurred since the book's first appearance and where African-Canadian studies stands today.

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A historical survey covering the black experience in Canada from the introduction of slavery in 1628 to the wave of Caribbean immigration in the 1950s, The Blacks in Canada: A History chronicles the contributions of the black community to Canadian society. This updated second edition discusses the abolitionist movement and Canada's lar...

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Using an impressive array of primary and secondary materials, Robin Winks details the diverse experiences of Black immigrants to Canada, including Black slaves brought to Nova Scotia and the Canadas by Loyalists at the end of the American Revolution, Black refugees who fled to Nova Scotia following the War of 1812, Jamaican Maroons, an...

Robin W. Winks is Randolph W. Townsend Professor of History and chair of the Department of History, Yale University."
Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.96 × 5.98 × 1.5 inPublished:May 16, 2000Publisher:McGill-Queen's University Press

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ISBN - 10:0773516328

ISBN - 13:9780773516328

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From Our Editors

A historical survey covering the black experience in Canada from the introduction of slavery in 1628 to the wave of Caribbean immigration in the 1950s, The Blacks in Canada: A History chronicles the contributions of the black community to Canadian society. This updated second edition discusses the abolitionist movement and Canada's larger role within the anti-slavery crusade, along with an analysis of recent changes within African-Canadian studies and the broader community.

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"Winks has laid the lasting structure of the history of Black people in Canada in this monumental work, which will endure as the model against which all future historians of this 'event' must gauge their work." Austin Clarke "No review can do justice to the rich data provided by this book. Blacks in Canada will prove a mine of information to scholars for years to come." August Meier, Journal of American History