Canada’s slavery secret: The whitewashing of 200 years of enslavement – June 28, 2018 CBC article & broadcast

A June 28, 2018 CBC Radio article is entitled: “Canada’s slavery secret: The whitewashing of 200 years of enslavement.”

An excerpt reads:

Canada’s towns, parks and universities abound with statues and street signs that have immortalized our “founding fathers.” But there is no sign of the men, women and children that some of these powerful men enslaved.

Small wonder then, that many of us today are unaware that Indigenous and African peoples were forced into bondage across colonial Canada.

Hiding two centuries of slavery requires some effort, and it is a collective silence that historian Afua Cooper calls the “erasure of blackness.”

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Previous posts about slavery

Click here for previous posts about slavery >

A previous post, dating from December 2011 – one of the first posts that I wrote after the launch of this website – is entitled:

Karolyn Smardz Frost (2007) documents the story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn who “stole themselves” from slavery

Another post from December 2011 is entitled:

Barbara J. Little (2007) relates the story of a runaway people

Update

An Aug. 14, 2019n Guardian article is entitled: “Point Comfort: where slavery in America began 400 years ago.”

 

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