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A Plea for Emigration - A Broadview Anthology of British Literature (Paperback)
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A Plea for Emigration - A Broadview Anthology of British Literature (Paperback)

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The abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd's pamphlet A Plea for Emigration; or Notes of Canada West is, as the title promises, a settler guide designed to inform prospective immigrants of conditions in their proposed new home. But whereas most such works were addressed to potential white emigrants to North America from Britain or continental Europe, Shadd's aimed to entice black Americans to emigrate to Canada. Written in the 1850s, when the Fugitive Slave Act had recently made life even more untenable for free blacks in the United States, Shadd's guide to immigration takes a position on a controversy that divided abolitionists of the period: could emigration to Canada be a viable strategy of opposition to the oppression of blacks in the United States, or would blacks need to remain in the country to assert their claim to equal rights as Americans?

The introduction and background materials included in this volume help to situate Shadd's pamphlet in its political and cultural context, and in the context of Shadd's own remarkable life as an abolitionist, women's rights activist, writer, and educator. Background materials include selections from Frederick Douglass's Life of an American Slave, in which he presents a view of emigration to Canada that strongly opposes Shadd's; portions of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act; and relevant selections from The Provincial Freeman, Shadd's own abolitionist newspaper.

Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781554813216
Number of pages: 60
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 8 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Phanuel Antwi's new edition of Mary Ann Shadd's A Plea for Emigration is cause for celebration, for it brings the work of this fascinating nineteenth-century black feminist, abolitionist, journalist, editor, lawyer, and educational activist back into the wide circulation it deserves. Shadd's groundbreaking pamphlet (accompanied in this edition by a rich selection of contextual materials) is every bit as foundational a work of Canadian literature as that other 1852 text, Susanna Moodie's Roughing It in the Bush; its re-publication in this edition represents a substantial contribution to the vitally important ongoing project of reaching beyond Moodie's and other European settler-invader accounts of Canadian experience." -- Lorraine York, William McMaster Chair in Canadian Literature and Culture, McMaster University

"This new edition of Mary Ann Shadd's A Plea for Emigration, with its fine introduction and stimulating contextual materials will ... invigorate conversations about Canada's complex relation to American slavery, as well as introduce its remarkable author to new generations of students and scholars. It is important and welcome." -- Leslie Sanders, Department of Humanities, York University

"While much has been written about white settler populations in nineteenth-century Canada West (present-day Ontario), and a few authors have explored black populations in the region, most of whom were escaped African American slaves who had fled North via the "Underground Railroad," much less is known about how black inhabitants felt about their land prospects, political rights, the Canadian climate and land. As one of the few settler guides aimed at nineteenth-century black readers, Shadd's Plea for Emigration--now re-issued by Broadview with an informative introduction, explanatory notes, and a helpful selection of contextual materials--is an insightful, detailed description of the aforementioned, and so much more. The deliberate yet engaging writing of Mary Ann Shadd--educator, editor, feminist, abolitionist, and visionary--is ... scarcely remembered in the annals of early African American literature; this pro-British, integrationist text shines a bright and long overdue light on Shadd's unwavering activism and courage in challenging opposing attitudes about black liberation." -- Cheryl Thompson, University of Toronto

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