The Book of Negroes’ Illustrated Edition: Circulating African-Canadian History through the Middlebrow

  title={The Book of Negroes’ Illustrated Edition: Circulating African-Canadian History through the Middlebrow},
  author={Gillian Roberts},
  journal={International Journal of Canadian Studies},
  pages={53 - 66}
  • G. Roberts
  • Published 2014
  • History
  • International Journal of Canadian Studies
This article examines the 2009 deluxe illustrated edition of Lawrence Hill’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize–and Canada Reads–winning novel The Book of Negroes, originally published in 2007. It relates the story of Aminata, a West African girl kidnapped and sold into slavery, and her experiences on an indigo plantation in the American south, followed by further displacements to Charleston, Nova Scotia, Sierra Leone, and London. In New York, as the Revolutionary War comes to a close, Aminata becomes… Expand
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