The Hanging Of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal
Writer, historian and poet Afua Cooper tells the astonishing story of Marie-Joseph Angélique, a slave woman convicted of starting a fire that destroyed a large part of Montréal in April 1734 and condemned to die a brutal death. In a powerful retelling of Angélique’s story -- now supported by archival illustrations -- Cooper builds on 15 years of research to shed new light on a rebellious Portuguese-born black woman who refused to accept her indentured servitude. At the same time, Cooper completely demolishes the myth of a benign, slave-free Canada, revealing a damning 200-year-old record of legally and culturally endorsed slavery.
Afua Cooper is a Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University, where she also holds cross appointments in History and Gender and Women Studies.
Other publications from this author include:
- Black Matters (2020)
- A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland (2016)
- My Name Is Phillis Wheatley: A Story of Slavery and Freedom (2009)
- Acts of Resistance: Black Men and Women Engage Slavery in Upper Canada, 1793-1803 (2007)
- Multiple Lenses: Voices from the Diaspora located in Canada (2007)
- Copper Woman and Other Poems (2006)
- THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: Next Stop, Toronto! (2002)
- Utterances and Incantations: Women, Poetry and Dub (1999)
- Memories Have Tongue: Poetry (1992)
- Red Caterpillar on College Street (1992)
- Breaking Chains (1983)