I was in class today and was dumbfounded by a statistic.
It made me recall my History of Quebec and Canada class in 10th grade; in Canadian high school history classes, oh so long ago, the relationship of Canada and slavery is always told in the context of the Underground Railroad, as in “Look what we did. We were soooo much better than the Americans”. But in reality, Canada maintained slavery for 200 years, THE SAME amount of time as the U.S.A. Slavery in Canada is just kind of brushed over.
What these history classes also fail to mention is that slavery was so popular in the US for economic reasons: they needed all that labour for agriculture and to obtain valuable commodities like cotton. Canada didn’t have this economy; our slaves were on small farms and in homes for the most part (so there weren’t nearly as many as in the U.S.) But unlike what history classes in Canadian high schools have you believe, if Canada had the same economic environment as the US, we would have been NO better.
Interesting food for thought.