Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada
Written by Natasha L. Henry
Published by Dundurn Press, 2010.
|When the passage of the Abolition of Slavery Act ushered in the
end of slavery throughout the British Empire, effective August 1, 1834, people
of African descent celebrated their newfound freedom. Now those
African-American slaves who had fled to Canada, the free Blacks who had
emigrated to Canada, and the few remaining enslaved Africans in Canada could
live an unfettered life, a reality worthy of celebration.
The well-researched Emancipation Day provides insight into the creation, development, and evolution of a distinct African-Canadian tradition through descriptive historical accounts and appealing images. The social, cultural, political, and educational practices of Emancipation Day festivities across Canada are explored, with emphasis on Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and British Columbia. Attention is given to the idea of freedom as a continuous journey for African Canadians, from chattel slavery to equal rights.
Emancipation is not only a word in a dictionary, but an action to liberate one's destiny. This outstanding book is superb in the interpretation of "the power of freedom" in one's heart and mind moving from 1834 to the present.
About the author: Natasha Henry is the director of programs and an elementary teacher at a private school just outside of Toronto. She is also a curriculum consultant and speaker, specializing in the development of learning materials that focus on the African experience. She lives in Mississauga with her husband and daughter.
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