“understands waiting upon a Gentleman, and looks well in Livery”: Commodification, Resistance, and Labour in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Quebec Slave Advertisements
Art historian Charmaine Nelson, a professor at McGill University in Montreal, is currently at Harvard as the William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair in Canadian studies.
Through an exploration of the various forms of human commodification – auctions, private and public sales – Professor Nelson offers evidence about the ethnic make-up of British Quebec’s enslaved population and the nature of their labors, drawing parallels and distinctions between Canada and other transatlantic sites.
Illustration is from Quebec Gazette, 13 April 1769.
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