Dear Mr. Mackey

Rachel Z. documenting Black Montrealers history.
Love and Respect

The Queerest Mothering

Done with slavery

On Monday night,  February 16, I organized a panel that invited Frank Mackey, local historian on slavery in Montreal.  His comments regarding the failures of Black Montrealers to document their own history and the distinctions between slavery in Quebec and elsewhere, as well as his insistence on the term, « the Blacks, » was stunning.  I drafted this letter and sent it to him following.

Dear Mr. Mackey,

This letter begins with words of respect. Your commitment to studying and documenting Black life, history, and slavery in Quebec and Montreal, in particular, is for me, as a scholar, beautiful to witness. As I mentioned to you, I have invested many, many hours–weeks even–scouring your endnotes, sources, and re-reading sections of Done with Slavery. I have relied heavily on this book for its attention to detail and rich use of primary source materials, many of which are generously included in the book…

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