Canadian participation in Transatlantic Slavery under the French and British Empires, despite being widespread, is little known both inside and outside of Canada. What replaces slavery in the national imagination are celebratory narratives of the Underground Railroad, which cast Canadians as the liberators of enslaved African-Americans. Meanwhile, the 200-year history of Canadian Slavery has been profoundly neglected. Within this institution, only Black Africans were always deemed fit for enslavement. Therefore, Canada – like other Western nations – was founded on anti-Black racism. In this lecture, Dr. Charmaine Nelson will present historical manuscripts, printed materials, and visual art to explore the colonial nature of the archive and the historical documentation that was strategically used to dehumanize the enslaved.

Join the livesteam on October 13 at 1 p.m.

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President's Lecture Series: Dr. Charmaine Nelson