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Broken Shackles
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In 1889, 'Broken Shackles' was published in Toronto under the pseudonym of Glenelg. This very unique book, containing the recollections of a resident of Owen Sound, Ontario, an African American known as Old Man Henson, was one of the very few books that documented the journey to Canada from the perspective of a person of African descent. Now, over 112 years later, a new edition of 'Broken Shackles' is available. Henson was a great storyteller and the spark of life shines through as he describes the horrors of slavery and his goal of escaping its tenacious hold. His times as a slave in Maryland, his refuge in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and his ultimate freedom in Canada are vividly depicted through his remembrances. The stories of Henson's family, friends and enemies will both amuse and shock the readers of this book. It is interesting to discover that his observations of life's struggles and triumphs are as relevant today as they were in his time.
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Introduction; A Child of Canada; The Dent Years 1926-1930; A Struggling Writer 1930-1931; Working for Perkins Bull 1931-1938; Tragedy and the Streetsville Years 1938-1947; Beginning a New Life in East York 1947-1958; The Ghost and Miss Davidson 1958-1962; Metro Council and the Fight Against Amalgamation 1962-1966; A Woman in Politics; Mayor of East York 1967-1969; The Grandmother of East York 1969-1972; An Elder of the Tribe 1972-1978; Epilogue; Index.

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Glenelg (John Frost); Edited by Peter Meyler

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