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The Hanging of Angelique

The following review appeared in the New in Paperback Book Review Section of the Washington Post, Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Hanging of Angelique
The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal.
by Afua Cooper. Univ. of Georgia, 349 pages.

In 1734, 46 buildings burned to the ground in the French Colonial town of Montreal. A 29 year old Portuguese born slave named Marie-Joseph Angelique was condemned, tortured and hanged. "The Hanging of Angelique" writes, Afua Cooper, is a story that is part slave narrative, part historical analysis, part biography and part historical archaeology. Angelique herself left few records, but her trail transcript reveals that she was vocal in expressing her hatred of slavery, that she was rude and disobedient to her mistress, that she detested the French and all Whites in general. By piecing together Angelique's story, Cooper aims to restore slavery to its place in Canada's historical chronicles, from which she says it has been erased.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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