Monday, February 10, 2020

Book Notes: Davidson on Birchtown

It was neglected here when first posted, but Acadiensis online has a long review by Bonnie Huskins of Stephen Davidson's Birchtown and the Black Loyalist Experience From 1775 to the Present.

Birchtown was the settlement on the southwest coast of Nova Scotia designated as a settlement for free African Americans accompanying the loyalist migration out of the new United States to Nova Scotia. As Davidson and Huskins make clear, not all black migrants were coming to freedom, for some were the slaves of loyalists. "Black loyalists and slaves had multiple and contested 'loyalist dreams.'” 
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