Author: Cecil Foster
This historical work of non-fiction chronicles the little-known stories of Black railway porters — the so-called "Pullmen" of the Canadian rail lines. At the beginning of the 20th century, being a train porter in Canada was the exclusive domain of Black men who laboured long hours for miserable pay. Denied secure positions and prohibited from bringing their families to Canada, their struggle against the racist Dominion laid the groundwork for the multicultural nation we know today.
The actions and spirit of these men helped define Canada as a nation in many ways, affecting race relations, human rights, community building, the shape and structure of unions, and the nature of travel and business. Drawing on the experiences of these influential Black Canadians, this book demonstrates the power of individuals and minority groups in the fight for social justice and shows how a country can change for the better.
- Format: Paperback
- Dimensions: 336 pages, 6 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm (8.9 x 6 x 0.7 in)
- Published: February 5, 2019
- Publisher: Biblioasis
- Appropriate for all ages
- ISBN: 13:9781771962612