They call me George : the untold story of black train porters and the birth of modern Canada / Cecil Foster.

Foster, Cecil, 1954- [Browse]
First edition, revised.
  • Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, [2019]
  • ©2019
296 pages ; 23 cm


Summary note
"A historical work of non-fiction that chronicles the little-known stories of black railway porters-the so-called "Pullmen" of the Canadian rail lines. The actions and spirit of these men helped define Canada as a nation in surprising ways, effecting race relations, human rights, North American multiculturalism, community building, the shape and structure of unions, and the nature of travel and business across the US and Canada. Drawing on the stories and legends of several of these influential early black Canadians, this book narrates the history of a very visible, but rarely considered, aspect of black life in railway-age Canada. These porters, who fought against the idea of Canada as White Man's Country, open only to immigrants from Europe, fought for and won a Canada that would provide opportunities for all its citizens."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction
  • Leaving the station: Stan Grizzle's legacy of social change
  • The railways are always hiring: working in white man's country
  • "Did you ring, Sir?": modern luxury and black labour
  • The coloured commonwealth: reckoning with ah racist past
  • "I know nothing about that": legislating the colour line
  • The ending of empire: reimagining immigration
  • Pressuring parliament: a new kind of Canadian citizenship
  • A Creolized country: the black British of the West Indies
  • Permanent residence: social identity and the state
  • Demerits and deadheading: the rail companies' unreasonable demands
  • An uphill battle: pushing for policy changes
  • Fair consideration: the porters gain new ground
  • The porters' final fight: a multicultural country
  • Beyond the rails: the battle for black identity
  • Conclusion: a multicultural brotherhood fulfilling a dream
  • Afterword: appreciating the legacy
  • Endnotes
  • Index.
Other format(s)
Issued also in electronic format.
  • 9781771962612 ((softcover))
  • 1771962615 ((softcover))
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