Cecelia: A Family in Freedom

Brad Asher

in Cecelia and Fanny

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134147
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135922 | DOI:
Cecelia: A Family in Freedom

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This chapter reviews Cecelia's life in Canada after her escape. It discusses life in Canada for former slaves, and it charts the milestones Cecelia passed on the way to making her freedom seem real and secure: She adopted her own surname, got legally married, purchased property, and gave birth to a daughter. In the 1850s, Cecelia opened her correspondence with Fanny to re-establish contact with her mother and, eventually, bargain for her mother's freedom. Through this correspondence, Fanny's views on slavery seemed to shift, although Cecelia never successfully reunited with her mother.

Keywords: Canada; fugitive slaves; letters; slavery; Toronto; anti-slavery

Chapter.  9237 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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