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Biographical Dictionary of Enslaved Black People in the Maritimes

by (author) Harvey Whitfield

foreword by Donald Wright

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
Category
General, African American, Americas, Slavery, Black Studies (Global), Reference
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487543822
    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487543815
    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
    $85.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487543839
    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
    $34.95

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Description

This important book sheds light on more than 1,400 brief life histories of mostly enslaved Black people, with the goal of recovering their individual lives.

 

Harvey Amani Whitfield unearths the stories of men, women, and children who would not otherwise have found their way into written history. The individuals mentioned come from various points of origin, including Africa, the West Indies, the Carolinas, the Chesapeake, and the northern states, showcasing the remarkable range of the Black experience in the Atlantic world. Whitfield makes it clear that these enslaved Black people had likes, dislikes, distinct personality traits, and different levels of physical, spiritual, and intellectual talent. Biographical Dictionary of Enslaved Black People in the Maritimes affirms the notion that they were all unique individuals, despite the efforts of their owners and the wider Atlantic world to dehumanize and erase them.

About the authors

Harvey Amani Whitfield is a professor of Black North American History at the University of Calgary.

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Donald Wright is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the Centre for Canadian Studies at Brock University.

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