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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (Feb. 8 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155002731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550027310
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 20.1 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By microfiche TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 28 2009
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I had heard about 'Dick's Creek', that flows more or less behind the St. Catharines General Hospital, but I had thought 'Captain Dick' was a sailor, because of the Welland Canal. Little did I know - which was the frustrating case in my day of people not learning the full history of their community. 'Captain Dick' was Richard Pierpoint, a Black man who fought in both Butler's Rangers in the American Revolution, and in Runchey's Coloured Corps in the War of 1812. In fact, Pierpoint was the initial spark and recruiter of the latter.
This book does not have much to say about Mr. Pierpoint - not much was kept, I suppose - but it says all it can. The gem in the book is describing in plain words 1)how the slave trade was carried out, from capture in Africa to the auction block; and 2)the many times Black men headed the call to arms in defence of Crown and Country. It's a Black History primer, geared for 9 to 12 year olds, so there is not an over abundance of details - but what's there is interesting and thought provoking. I learned quite a lot, and wish it was in the library when I was in school.
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A good history of slavery for young readers and how Black people came to settle in what later became Canada. The work is light on information about the life of Richard Pierpoint who was instrumental in raising the Coloured Corps during the War of 1812. It offers a better record of Captain Robert Runchey's Company of Coloured Men's participation in the War of which there is otherwise little information available about this little known militia unit. I found the inclusion of the tablets of "Fascinating Facts" in the book to be a distraction.
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