Benjamin Drew.  Vicent Cucarella Ramón

Benjamin Drew

Biblioteca Javier Coy d'Estudis Nord-Americans

By Vicent Cucarella Ramón

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Benjamin Drew's "North-Side View of Slavery: The Refugee, or the Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada" (1856) is a collection of his interviews with former slaves living in Canada who had escaped from the United States, and an invaluable example of the transnational abolitionist movement's political agenda. These edited oral accounts show how these runaways turned into African Canadians and reconfigured new meanings of Blackness in Canada, set out the foundations of a Black Canadian sense of attachment, and eventually helped to reshape North America by contributing to the birth of the Canadian nation-state.

Vicent Cucarella Ramón