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Canadian Slavery and the Extraordinary Diversity of Black Populations

While the Underground Railroad was a stunning achievement in collective resistance and allyship, it was also a mere fraction of the 200-year history of Canadian Slavery, the period when we were also the “bad guys”. Furthermore, what no one wishes to remember is that prior to 1834, enslaved people in Canada routinely ran southward, not in search of a free state, but simply to get as far away as possible from their Canadian enslavers.

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