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01-09-2010, 11:39 AM
Where did Canada stand on slavery around the time of the American civil war? Did Canada go through an era of Jim Crow laws later like we did?

bob winter
01-09-2010, 12:23 PM
I am far from an expert but I believe Canada, along with the rest of the Empire, abolished slavery long before the Civil war. A lot of escaped slaves came here. I have no idea if we had Jim Crow type laws or not. We certainly did not have that sort of thing when I was a kid, not where I lived at any rate.

01-09-2010, 12:30 PM
Canada had slavery because the British had it. So it was legal anywhere in the British Empire. When Britan aboshed it, it was abolished throughout, which was before the Amercian Civil War.
Thats my understanding of it, subject to correction.

(Uaed to know a fellow who could remember seeing slaves being auctioned and seeing Graycoats and Bluecoats and hearing the gunfire of battles.)

Scot L T
01-09-2010, 12:38 PM
Here are a couple links to a quick overview of slavery in Canada:


Ron Williamson
01-09-2010, 01:28 PM
Here's a local bit.

01-09-2010, 05:36 PM
Slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1834. Canada did not become a sovereign country until 1867. So there were no slaves in Canada ;)

S/V Laura Ellen
01-09-2010, 05:45 PM
There is a town (Dresden, ON) not far from home that has a close connection to the underground railroad.


01-09-2010, 06:03 PM
I'm still a slave to my gf.......and it's 2010!:D



01-11-2010, 07:37 AM
Canada did not become a sovereign country until 1867.

why not ?

01-11-2010, 02:01 PM
why not ?

The 5440 or fight issue. Because up until then there was no serious threat of the US 'liberating' the northern half of North America. Or at least parts of it. However the end of the US civil war and the (pending) Alaska purchase made it quite clear that the west coast of BNA, now British Columbia, was in genuine peril of annexation and a rapid program of Canadian nation building was the most effective way to prevent it. But you already knew that.;)