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Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815–1860
Harvey WhitfieldPaper: $27.95
Whitfield is unlikely to be surpassed in his analysis of the reasons for emigration to Nova Scotia....an excellent book.
—American Review of Canadian Studies Review
Canadians, especially Nova Scotians, are indebted to Amani Whitfield, an American scholar, who first came to Nova Scotia in 1997 to study for his masters in history. After six years of research and writing and a recent Ph.D., he has written a powerful book, a tour de force. With insightful analysis, he describes how former American slaves from diverse backgrounds became Black Refugees in Canada and eventually formed a distinct culture of Black people before the American Civil War.
—New England Quarterly
...[A]n inspiration for other historians who want to understand race and identity in the Atlantic world.
—Journal of the Early Republic
Whitfield writes history as an informed storyteller, not as a remote scientist, and so he brings to life, dexterously, the context and the complexity of the 2,000 or so African Americans who, as a result of a war policy, found themselves ‘liberated’ by British forces and dispatched to Nova Scotia between 1812-1815.
—Halifax Chronicle Herald
This study of black refugees to British Canada fills in another part of the puzzle that is African American history. Slowly the simplistic view of blacks fleeing to Canada on the legendary ‘underground railroad’ is evolving into a more authentic study of the spread of African culture throughout the northern hemisphere. Studying the scattered migration of ‘Diaspora’ of blacks away from slavery toward freedom is giving us a clearer picture of the scope of American history from early colonization, through the Civil War and Civil Rights to the modern day.
HARVEY AMANI WHITFIELD is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Vermont.