Black Then: Blacks and Montreal, 1780s-1880s by Frank Mackey

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Black Then: Blacks and Montreal, 1780s-1880s by Frank Mackey

8vo. pp. xii, 225. 2 maps. black & white illustrations. bibliography. paperback. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, [2004].


ISBN-10: 0773527362 / ISBN-13: 9780773527362


A sixteen-year-old slave boy who finds freedom in a most unusual way, a teenage prostitute who does not, a business manager of the 1790s, a four-year-old boy placed as a servant, a respected activist of the 1830s, a fugitive Kentucky slave who makes a name for himself as a jockey and horse trainer - these are some of the people we meet in these thirty stories about black life in and around Montreal between the last days of slavery and the early years of Confederation. In Black Then: Blacks and Montreal, 1780s-1880s, Frank Mackey recounts the stories and lives of people who should be neither ignored nor forgotten.

Black Then is intended for readers of all ages. Some stories drive home the historical fact of Canadian slavery, a truth still widely ignored, but for the most part, they are tales of how ordinary people managed to cope - or not - with daily life. Based on original research, these engaging stories bring to light a wealth of previously neglected historical information.