Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860

Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860

by Harvey Whitfield
ISBN-10:
1584656069
ISBN-13:
9781584656067
Pub. Date:
11/30/2006
Publisher:
Vermont
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Overview

Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860

Following the American Revolution, free black communities and enslaved African Americans increasingly struggled to reconcile their African heritage with their American home. This struggle resulted in tens of thousands of African Americans seeking new homes in areas as diverse as Haiti and Nova Scotia. Black refugees arrived in Nova Scotia after the War of 1812 with little in common but their desire for freedom. By 1860, they had formed families, communities, and traditions.

Harvey Amani Whitfield’s study reconstructs the lives and history of a sizeable but neglected group of African Americans by placing their history within the framework of free black communities in New England and Nova Scotia during the nineteenth century. It examines which aspects of American and African American culture black expatriates used or discarded in an area that forced them to negotiate the overlapping worlds of Great Britain, the United States, Afro–New England, and the African American Diaspora, while considering how former American slaves understood freedom long before the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584656067
Publisher: Vermont
Publication date: 11/30/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Nova Scotian and American Background, 1605–1815
Slavery and Freedom in Nova Scotia
Two Distinct Cultures of Slavery
Opportunities and Obstacles in Nova Scotia, 1815–1860
Settlement and Struggle
Working Folks
Community and Identity
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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