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The Hanging Of Angelique

November 28, 2006 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9780006392798
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Shortlisted for the 2006 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

Afua Cooper—writer, historian and poet—tells the astonishingstory of Marie-Joseph Angélique, a slave woman who was convicted of starting a fire that destroyed a large part of Montréal in April 1734. On appeal, her punishment of death by hanging was modified to an even crueller fate. No longer would she first have her hands cut off; the precursor to the gallows would now be forced to undergo "le torture extraordinaire," a brutal leg-crushing, to encourage her to name an accomplice—a white man, Angélique’s sometime lover.

Cooper brings an unknown chapter in Canadian history brilliantly to life with this narrative of a rebellious Portuguese-born Black woman who refused to accept her indentured lot. In a dramatic retelling of Angélique’s life, Cooper sheds new light on what might have compelled a young woman to commit such a crime. At the same time, she completely demolishes the myth of a benign, slave-free Canada, revealing a damning centuries-old record of legally and culturally endorsed slavery.

Not simply a tale of "Black" history, or even of Canadian history, The Hanging of Angélique is a universal story that resonates with a strong and insistent voice.

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ISBN: 9780006392798
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2006-11-28

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