Harvey Amani Whitfield on Slaves of the Canadian Maritimes

Professor of History Harvey Amani Whitfield's current project is a biographical dictionary that offers over 1,330 brief life histories of individual black slaves in the Canadian Maritimes. It's the first scholarly attempt to document individual lives of enslaved black people who lived in this region.

"At the end of the day, Maritime slaves were individuals who had diverse life experiences that cannot be fully captured in a scholarly monograph or academic journal article," Whitfield says. "Their individual lives show the remarkable range of the African experience in the Atlantic world." 

He delivers the next College of Arts and Sciences Full-Professor Lecture on November 28 at 4:30 p.m. in Waterman Memorial Lounge.

Whitfield is a Professor of United States and Canadian history. His books include, Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860, The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810, North to Bondage: Loyalist Slavery in the Maritimes, and Black Slavery in the Maritimes: A History in Documents. He will be speaking about his current project Biographical Sketches of Black Slaves in Atlantic Canada.

The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to recognize faculty newly promoted to full professor rank. For more information please call 656-3166.


Kevin Coburn