On August 1, 1834, 800,000 enslaved Africans in the British colonies, including Canada, were declared free. The story of Emancipation Day, a little-known part of Canadian history, has never been accessible to the teen reader through either the school curriculum or classroom resources, despite its significance in the story of Canada.
This book closes this gap by exploring both the background to August 1 commemorations across Canada and the importance of these long-established annual celebrations.
What is the connection between the Caribana festivities in Toronto and emancipation? Why are some communities restoring Emancipation Day to their roster of annual events?
This book introduces the teen reader to a range of personalities and happenings through historical facts, memorable personal recollections, vivid images, and detailed narratives.
Included are connections to the ongoing struggles of people of African ancestry as they seek to achieve equality, with insightful links across the pat, present and future.
This book can be used for school projects as well as kept as a reference book for many years to come for teens and adults.
I enjoyed the book, and I plan to suggest that some teens that I know read the book as well.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth