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Author Hepburn, Sharon A. Roger, 1966-

Title Crossing the border : a free Black community in Canada / Sharon A. Roger Hepburn.

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  971.30496 HEPB    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 252 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-239) and index.
Contents 1. Canada : Canaan or "a freezing sort of hell" -- 2. The Reverend William King -- 3. An idea becomes reality -- 4. A settlement takes shape -- 5. A community arises -- 6. Family and community structure -- 7. Making a living -- 8. A spiritual people -- 9. In pursuit of an education -- 10. A community transformed.
Summary "In 1849, the Reverend William King and fifteen of his former slaves founded the Canadian settlement of Buxton on a nine thousand-acre block of land in Ontario set aside for sale to blacks. Although initially opposed by some neighboring whites, the town located near the shore of Lake Erie grew steadily in population and stature with the backing of the Presbyterian Church of Canada and various philanthropies." "Sharon A. Roger Hepburn's Crossing the Border tells the story of Buxton's settlers, united in their determination to live free from slavery and legal repression. Hepburn's study traces the establishment of educational, commercial, and political structures in Buxton and details how blacks formed tightly knit social and family units in protecting themselves from white hostility. It is the most comprehensive study to address life in a black community in Canada and adds to our understanding of black Canadians, free blacks beyond the South, and of blacks in planned communities established by emancipationists and abolitionists during the antebellum period."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Blacks -- Ontario -- North Buxton -- History -- 19th century.
Pioneers, Black -- Ontario -- North Buxton -- History -- 19th century.
Free African Americans -- Ontario -- North Buxton -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- Ontario -- North Buxton -- History -- 19th century.
Immigrants -- Ontario -- North Buxton -- History -- 19th century.
Community life -- Ontario -- North Buxton -- History -- 19th century.
Blacks -- Ontario -- North Buxton -- Biography.
North Buxton (Ont.) -- History -- 19th century.
North Buxton (Ont.) -- Biography.
ISBN 9780252031830 (cloth : alk. paper)
0252031830 (cloth : alk. paper)