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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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Table 3.1: Sabbath School Report

Table 5.1: Population of Urban Areas in Ontario

Table 6.1: Religious Affiliation of Blacks in Buxton and Raleigh Township

Table 6.2: Membership of the Various Churches That Joined the Amherstburg Association

Table 6.3: Fourteenth Annual Conference of the BME Church Indicating Contingent Expenses and Allowances of the Preachers

Table 6.4: Religious Affiliation of Blacks in Chatham, 1851, 1861 and 1871

Table A.1: Muster Book of Free-Black Settlement of Birchtown, Port Rosaway. Muster 3 and 4 July 1784

Table A.2: Return for Negroes and Their Families Mustered in Annapolis County 28 May and 30 June 1784

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