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Secular, Scarred and Sacred

Education and Religion Among the Black Community in Nineteenth-Century Canada

Jerome Teelucksingh

Secular, Scarred and Sacred: Education and Religion Among the Black Community in Nineteenth-Century Canada focuses on the paternal yet exclusionary role of Protestant Whites and their churches among refugee slaves and free Blacks in nineteenth-century Upper Canada—many of whom had migrated to Canada to escape the dreaded system of slavery in the United States. This book contends that White Protestant churches provided organizational, social and theological models among Black communities in Canada. Author Jerome Teelucksingh further explores how Black migrants seized the educational opportunities offered by churches and schools to both advance academically and pursue an ideal of virtuous citizenship that equipped them for new social challenges.

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I would like to thank the many librarians, archivists and researchers in Canada and the United States who assisted in locating microfilm, dissertations, articles and obscure books. During my stay in Ontario, the universities, societies and organizations have been very helpful in providing a suitable environment for historical research. Indeed, I have made many new friends during this research. I am grateful to Kris Seunarine for assisting with the formatting of the manuscript. Finally, and most importantly, I owe a debt to my family who provided me with emotional support throughout this research. They provided reassurance during a period of personal struggle as a young historian. ← xv | xvi →

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