Points North: African Canadian History for the Twenty-First Century

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When Robin Winks’ Blacks in Canada hit stores fifty years ago, critics heaped scorn on the idea of there being such a thing as African Canadian history – never mind a history worth telling. In the decades since, African Canadian history has blossomed from a topic that seemed the work of a curious few, to a field that has secured some of the highest awards and praise in Canadian history. This article explores the slippery uses of African American and African Canadian histories; Black Canadian historiography; critics of the canon; remaining gaps in the field; and new scholarship by some of the scholars – both the young and the seasoned – who are breaking new ground in African Canadian history. It also discusses podcasts, documentaries, websites, and television productions about African Canadian history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-54
Number of pages14
JournalCanadian Historical Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2024

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  • African Canadian history
  • Black Canadian history
  • Blacks in Canada
  • No. 2 Construction Battalion
  • race and Canadian academia
  • race and Canadian archives
  • Robin Winks


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