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The New Race

Selected Writings, 1901 - 1904

by William H.H. Johnson, afterword by Wayde Compton

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William H.H. Johnson’s The Life of Wm. H.H. Johnson, from 1839 to 1900, and the New Race (1904) is the only classical slave narrative in the black North American tradition published by a British Columbian. In his memoir, Johnson writes an account of his mother’s flight from Kentucky to Indiana while pregnant with him. During his youth, his family were “station masters” of the Underground Railroad in various towns in Indiana, helping blacks escape to freedom in Canada. Although Indiana was ostensibly a free state, the law allowed bounty hunters to recapture those who had freed themselves. Johnson’s family ultimately fled to Ontario. Johnson migrated west to British Columbia, where he worked as a varnish maker in the Vancouver neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant. There he wrote his life story. Johnson also wrote a tract called The Horrors of Slavery. Both works are included in this volume.

Wayde Compton’s afterword puts Johnson’s life and writing in historical context, comparing his life to the lives of other enslaved people who escaped to BC, whose stories were told by others.

 

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William H.H. Johnson (1839–1905) was born in Madison, Indiana, the son of a fugitive slave mother and a free father. According to the Fugitive Slave Act, his parentage made Johnson a slave himself, despite that he was born in a free state. When his mother’s former owners appeared to be on their trail, Johnson’s family themselves escaped to Windsor, Ontario, where Johnson lived before moving to BC.
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William H.H. Johnson (1839–1905) was born in Madison, Indiana, the son of a fugitive slave mother and a free father. According to the Fugitive Slave Act, his parentage made Johnson a slave himself, despite that he was born in a free state. When his mother’s former owners appeared to be on their trail, Johnson’s family themselves escaped to Windsor, Ontario, where Johnson lived before moving to BC.
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