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Enslavers of the Maritimes

Enslavers of the Maritimes

From Brenda J. Thompson, the author of A Wholesome Horror and Finding Fortune, a painstaking and unflinching catalogue of settlers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI, many of them members of the region’s most prominent families, who enslaved humans.


Read Suzanne Rent's interview with Brenda in The Halifax Examiner.

  • Book details

    6x9 paperback, 246 pages

    Many illustrations

    ISBN 978-1-998149-26-1

  • Reviews

    This book will be an essential contribution to the Canadian public’s understanding of slavery.
     Professor Harvey Amani Whitfield
    author of Biographical Dictionary of
    Enslaved Black People in the Maritimes

    Enslavers of the Maritimes will strike some eyes as a shocking and most unwelcome revelation: that the ranks of colonial Nova Scotians, Islanders, and New Brunswickers included French, British, and Yankee slaveholders and slave-traders, all dead-serious about exploiting their human “property” and super-proud of their status.
    George Eliot Clarke
    author of Whiteout: how Canada cancels Blackness
    former Parliamentary Poet Laureate

    Brenda Thompson calls slavery a terrible stain on our history which must not be repeated. Her Introduction is strong and powerful and is meant to ensure that this blight on our history is never forgotten. This book is must-have for all schools and libraries.
    Sharon Robart-Johnson
    author of Two Sams

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