Justice For All
Black sleeping car porters serving passengers traveling by train across Canada endured unjust working conditions for many years. This Historians Recount episode explains how they overcame adversity and achieved positive employment benefits for all railway workers.
Searching for paradise can be a lifelong pursuit. Sylvia Stark, born a slave in the United States, dreamed of finding it, and this Historians Recount episode tells the story of how, through determination and sacrifice, Sylvia managed to distance herself from slavery and live to a ripe old age on Canadian soil – a place she considered to be heaven on earth.
Stuck in a Snowbank
During the 1940s, Black and white American military battalions were stationed together in the Northwest Territories, one of the coldest and most desolate parts of Canada. The soldiers’ interactions across racial lines generated friction and hostility, in sharp contrast to the nurturing attitude offered by the Aboriginal peoples of the region.
Slavery in Canada
This leading episode of Historians Recount introduces Marcel Trudel, the first university professor of history in French-speaking Quebec. From researching church records he discovered that slavery existed in Canada, and reveals how slaves were obtained, who they were, how many and who owned them.