Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860 by Harvey WhitfieldBlacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860 by Harvey Whitfield

Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860

byHarvey Whitfield

Paperback | November 30, 2006

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Following the American Revolution, free black communities and enslaved African Americans increasingly struggled to reconcile their African heritage with their American home. This struggle resulted in tens of thousands of African Americans seeking new homes in areas as diverse as Haiti and Nova Scotia. Black refugees arrived in Nova Scotia after the War of 1812 with little in common but their desire for freedom. By 1860, they had formed families, communities, and traditions. Harvey Amani Whitfield's study reconstructs the lives and history of a sizeable but neglected group of African Americans by placing their history within the framework of free black communities in New England and Nova Scotia during the nineteenth century. It examines which aspects of American and African American culture black expatriates used or discarded in an area that forced them to negotiate the overlapping worlds of Great Britain, the United States, Afro-New England, and the African American Diaspora, while considering how former American slaves understood freedom long before the Civil War.
HARVEY AMANI WHITFIELD is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Vermont.
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Title:Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:November 30, 2006Publisher:University Press of New EnglandLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface . Abbreviations . Introduction . Nova Scotian and American Background, 1605-1815 . Slavery and Freedom in Nova Scotia . Two Distinct Cultures of Slavery . Opportunities and Obstacles in Nova Scotia, 1815-1860 . Settlement and Struggle . Working Folks . Community and Identity . Epilogue . Notes . Bibliography . Index

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Following the American Revolution, free black communities and enslaved African Americans increasingly struggled to reconcile their African heritage with their American home. This struggle resulted in tens of thousands of African Americans seeking new homes in areas as diverse as Haiti and Nova Scotia. Black refugees arrived in Nova Scotia after the War of 1812 with little in common but their desire for freedom. By 1860, they had formed families, communities, and traditions.Harvey Amani Whitfield’s study reconstructs the lives and history of a sizeable but neglected group of African Americans by placing their history within the framework of free black communities in New England and Nova Scotia during the nineteenth century. It examines which aspects of American and African American culture black expatriates used or discarded in an area that forced them to negotiate the overlapping worlds of Great Britain, the United States, Afro–New England, and the African American Diaspora, while considering how former American slaves understood freedom long before the Civil War.“Blacks on the Border makes an admirable contribution to the history of African Canadians and to Diaspora Studies. Dr. Whitfield’s engaging narrative provides an intimate portrait of the Nova Scotia Refugee experience, and links it convincingly to Black America and the Black Atlantic beyond. It is an essential and enjoyable read.” - James W. St. G. Walker, author of The Black Loyalists