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The Road to Now: A History of Blacks in Montrealrn

The reach of black history is long–blacks have been a part of the Canadian experience since the sixteenth century. They have figured in Canada’s story from the original European explorations to the period of enslavement, and from the coming of the railroads to the present day. Montreal, a city so crucial in the making of Canada, has always had a distinct black community. Yet the historical record remains silent, causing Montreal’s black population to be invisible even today. The Road to Now provides a long-overdue historic overview of the black presence in Montreal.rnrnrnrnDorothy Williams returns to the roots of black history by chronicling slavery in Montreal, which lasted officially in New France for seventy-one years. The author also describes the impact of the railways on Montreal’s black community and charts the evolution of the black community’s institutions.rn

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