The Hanging of Angélique

The Hanging of Angélique

The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal

Book - 2006
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Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780002005531
Branch Call Number: 921 ANG
Characteristics: xviii, 349 p. ;,20 cm


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JessicaGma Dec 02, 2020

Too often our own stories are drowned out by stories from the US, so many Canadians, myself included, are ignorant of our own history. This book examines the real story of Angelique, a slave woman living in Montreal in the 1700s, who may or may not have burned down some of Old Montreal. Lots of research went into this book, and Angelique comes alive, as much as she can from records. It's a very interesting read that everyone should pick up.

Jan 31, 2018

Canadians are adept at whitewashing our racist history, whether it’s the Chinese head tax, the Komagata Maru incident, the internment of Japanese Canadians in WWII, or, of course, residential schools. Afua Cooper shines some light on the history of slavery in Canada, telling the story of Marie-Josèphe-Angélique, a Portuguese-born black slave living in Montreal. Cooper recounts Angélique’s story in the broader context of European and American slavery, and the social structure of 18th century Quebec.

It’s not an easy book to read—Angélique was hanged for an arson she may not have committed—but not just because of the subject matter. Cooper’s prose is full of passive voice and has a numbing cadence, surprising for a published poet. But it’s an important subject that makes what’s sometimes a slog worth the effort.

Nov 10, 2009

A great read of a part of Canada's past that is little known. You can tell that the author did extensive research and yet she let's her voice as a professor/poet shine through.

With regards to Canada and slavery all I was ever taught about was the Underground Railroad. I never knew about this!!! Slavery in Canada is almost like a dirty little secret.

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