Hanging Of Angelique Paperback – Nov 28 2006
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About the Author
AFUA COOPER holds a Ph.D. in African Canadian history, with specialties in slavery and abolition. She is the co-author of ‘We’re Rooted Here and They Can’t Pull Us Up’: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History, which won the prestigious Joseph Brant Award for History. She is also one of Canada’s most versatile poets and has published five volumes of poetry, including the acclaimed Copper Woman. Dr. Cooper has taught history at the University of Toronto.
Top Customer Reviews
If you think that Canada was never a slave society, if you think of Canada simply as the safe haven at the end of the Underground Railroad, you need to read this book. What made Canada the destination for escaped U.S. slaves was a law banning the importation of slaves - this law did not free a single slave, and Canada did not free its slaves until England forced us to. And while living conditions for Canadian slaves may have been better than those on big plantations in the American south, they were by no means pleasant.
While Angelique herself left no personal records behind, Dr. Cooper meticulously pieces together court records to paint a picture of the events leading up to the fire. Instead of exonerating Angelique, Dr. Cooper elucidates the reasons why she may have started the fire, if indeed she did.
"The Hanging of Angelique" is an important piece of Canadian history.
Although the author seems to take a particular slant in this true story, it is not by any means a difinitive opinion. It is fairly steadily paced and colourful enough to hold the attention of even reluctant readers, and leaves plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate.
If love reading history notations and cronological dates. You will love this book.
If you were looking for a story around the facts of the historical event. You will be really as disapointed as I was.
- she claims canada is racist because there is no statue of angelique in the very city, montreal, which she burnt to the ground. angelique was a terrorists, who destroyed the only church and hospital in the city and the homes of thousands of innocent hard working people, and cooper wants her to have a statue?
- she claims the canadian judicial system was biased against angelique, even though she agrees, ultimately, that angelique is guilty. cooper wants to have it both ways: she wants to paint angelique as the victim of a criminal injustice AND as a proactive and willing agent who struck a blow for all oppressed people with her defiant and violent revolutionary act. she wants angelique to be a blameless heroine, to better serve her agenda that all slave narratives are inherently about courageous blacks fighting injustice, when really this is about a cowardly liar who committed a sin just as bad as slavery. in order to justify her crime, cooper speculates about how hard life was for angelique (though all evidence points to the contrary)
- she also wants to paint HER angelique as an independent minded women who was beholded to none, and yet angelique was, ironically, completely dependent on a white man (her lover) for her escape and its planning, and she cowardly lied about the crime she committed.
- she claims angelique's lover cowardly "betrayed and abandoned her" when she was arrested for burning the town and faced execution himself (ie whitey got scared and ran away). but what was he supposed to do?Read more ›