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Crossing the border : a free Black community in Canada

Author: Sharon A Roger Hepburn
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document : Biography : State or province government publication   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1849, the Reverend William King and fifteen of his former slaves founded the Canadian settlement of Buxton on a nine thousand-acre block of land in Ontario set aside for sale to blacks. Although initially opposed by some neighboring whites, the town located near the shore of Lake Erie grew steadily in population and stature with the backing of the Presbyterian Church of Canada and various philanthropies."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hepburn, Sharon A. Roger, 1966-
Crossing the border.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2007
(DLC) 2007005070
(OCoLC)85622776
Material Type: Biography, Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon A Roger Hepburn
OCLC Number: 712789357
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 252 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations, map
Contents: Canada: Canaan or "a freezing sort of hell" --
The Reverend William King --
An idea becomes reality --
A settlement takes shape --
A community arises --
Family and community structure --
Making a living --
A spiritual people --
In pursuit of an education --
A community transformed.
Responsibility: Sharon A. Roger Hepburn.
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"In 1849, the Reverend William King and fifteen of his former slaves founded the Canadian settlement of Buxton on a nine thousand-acre block of land in Ontario set aside for sale to blacks. Although initially opposed by some neighboring whites, the town located near the shore of Lake Erie grew steadily in population and stature with the backing of the Presbyterian Church of Canada and various philanthropies." "Sharon A. Roger Hepburn's Crossing the Border tells the story of Buxton's settlers, united in their determination to live free from slavery and legal repression. Hepburn's study traces the establishment of educational, commercial, and political structures in Buxton and details how blacks formed tightly knit social and family units in protecting themselves from white hostility. It is the most comprehensive study to address life in a black community in Canada and adds to our understanding of black Canadians, free blacks beyond the South, and of blacks in planned communities established by emancipationists and abolitionists during the antebellum period."--Jacket.

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