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The Hanging of Angelique: Canada, Slavery and the Burning of Montreal
The Hanging of Angelique Canada Slavery and the Burning of Montreal Author:Afua Cooper Afua Cooper -- writer, historian and poet -- tells the astonishing story of Marie-Joseph Angelique, a slave woman who was convicted of starting a fire that destroyed a large part of Montreal in April 1734. On appeal, her punishment of death by hanging was modified to an even crueler fate. No longer would she first have her hands cut off; the pre... more »cursor to the gallows would now be forced to undergo "le torture extraordinaire," a brutal leg-crushing, to encourage her to name an accomplice -- a white man, Angelique's sometime lover.
Cooper brings an unknown chapter in Canadian history brilliantly to life with this narrative of a rebellious Portuguese-born Black woman who refused to accept her indentured lot. In a dramatic retelling of Angelique's life, Cooper sheds new light on what might have compelled a young woman to commit such a crime. At the same time, she completely demolishes the myth of a benign, slave-free Canada, revealing a damning centuries-old record of legally and culturally endorsed slavery.
Not simply a tale of "Black" history, or even of Canadian history, The Hanging of Ang?lique is a universal story that resonates with a strong and insistent voice.« less