My blog posts revolve around my interests and vocation as a historian: the intersection of history and contemporary church life, the intersection of history and contemporary politics, serendipitous discoveries in archives or on research trips, publications and research projects, upcoming conferences, and speaking engagements.
I sometimes blog for two other organizations, the Canadian Baptist Historical Society and the Centre for Post-Christendom Studies.
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*Images of the Canadian Churchman taken from Anglican General Synod Archives, Toronto.
One of the exciting aspects of being an historian is finding documents that you never expected to find.
The above two images of an article on slavery in Canada are taken from the Anglican weekly periodical Canadian Churchman from 1919. I was looking through the periodical for something else - but I had to make a copy of this surprise finding.
The article was on slavery in Canada, and is noteworthy for a number of reasons:
In conclusion, some of the language used by the author is not how we today would write, nor are some of her assumptions what we would assume today, but that is to be expected since the author lived and wrote 100 years ago. The article, however, provides a fascinating glimpse not only of the past, but also how that past was understood in the past.
For further reading on the subject of slavery in Canada, see Robin W. Winks, The Blacks In Canada: A History (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press & New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 1971).