Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada (2010/2020)


Natasha L. Henry-Dixon

About the Book

When the passage of the Abolition of Slavery Act, effective August 1, 1834, ushered in the end of slavery throughout the British Empire, people of African descent celebrated their newfound freedom. Now African-American fugitive slaves, free black immigrants, and the few remaining enslaved Africans could live unfettered lives in Canada – a reality worthy of celebration.

This new, well-researched book 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.

Natasha Henry-Dixon is a teacher, an educational curriculum consultant, and a speaker specializing in the development of learning materials that focus on the African Diaspora experience. Author of Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada, she is also the education specialist for Breaking the Chains: Presenting a New Narrative of Canada’s Role in the Underground Railroad, a project of the Harriet Tubman Institute at York University. She is president of the Ontario Black History Society and professor of African Canadian History at York University.

AUTHOR: Henry-Dixon, Natasha
ISBN: 9781554887170
PUBLISHER: Dundurn Press
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2010 (Revised 2020)

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