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Race on trial [electronic resource] : black defendants in Ontario's criminal courts, 1858-1958 /
Barrington Walker.
imprint
Toronto ; Buffalo : Published for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History by University of Toronto Press, c2010.
description
xii, 256 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0802099092 (cloth : acid-free paper), 9780802099099 (cloth : acid-free paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Toronto ; Buffalo : Published for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History by University of Toronto Press, c2010.
isbn
0802099092 (cloth : acid-free paper)
9780802099099 (cloth : acid-free paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Blackness and the law in slavery and freedom -- Nationhood, mercy and the gallows -- Black patriarchy -- Tales of a 'peculiarly horrible description' : archetypal rape narratives -- Rape, sex, and the power of dominant rape narratives.
catalogue key
10522507
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-244) and index.
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'Race on Trialis a cutting-edge work, intertwining issues of blackness with the creation of a dominant Canadian nationhood. Barrington Walker effectively relates legal history to ideas of Black masculinity, patriarchy, and gender-topics that are not touched upon nearly enough in African Canadian history.'
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Summaries
Main Description
Race on Trial documents the history of Black Ontarians appearing before the criminal courts from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. In spite of the province's formal legal equality, charges and convictions among the Black population point to pervasive patterns of social, legal, and attitudinal inequality. The Canadian Social History Series is devoted to in-depth studies of major themes in our history, exploring neglected areas in the day-to-day existence of Canadians. The emphasis of this innovative series is on increasing the general appreciation of our past and opening up new areas of study for students and scholars. The editor of this series is Gregory S. Kealey, Professor of History and Vice-President (Research), University of New Brunswick. A leading historian of the Canadian working class, Dr Kealey was the founding editor of Labour/Le Travail. Book jacket.
Main Description
This exploration of the complex and often contradictory web of racial attitudes and the values of white legal elites not only exposes how blackness was articulated in Canadian law but also offers a rare glimpse of black life as experienced in Canada's past.
Main Description
While slavery in Canada was abolished in 1834, discrimination remained. Race on Trialcontrasts formal legal equality with pervasive patterns of social, legal, and attitudinal inequality in Ontario by documenting the history of black Ontarians who appeared before the criminal courts from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Using capital case files and the assize records for Kent and Essex counties, areas that had significant black populations because they were termini for the Underground Railroad, Barrington Walker investigates the limits of freedom for Ontario's African Canadians. Through court transcripts, depositions, jail records, Judge's Bench Books, newspapers, and government correspondence, Walker identifies trends in charges and convictions in the Black population. This exploration of the complex and often contradictory web of racial attitudes and the values of white legal elites not only exposes how blackness was articulated in Canadian law but also offers a rare glimpse of black life as experienced in Canada's past.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Blackness and the Law in Slavery and Freedomp. 24
Nationhood, Mercy, and the Gallowsp. 45
Black Patriarchyp. 89
Tales of a 'Peculiarly Horrible Description': Archetypal Rape Narrativesp. 116
Rape, Sex, and the Power of Dominant Rape Narrativesp. 141
Conclusionp. 183
Notesp. 187
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 245
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