Like my Here and Elsewhere reading, books about slavery, historical and contemporary, have appeared regularly in my reading stacks.
My formalizing the effort is partially inspired by the fact that 280,898 people residing in one American state voted, last November, to keep slavery on the books.
In Canada, people like to talk about the Underground Railroad and Freedom, more than slavery. But slavery has endured and the injustices perpetuated by that system have endured. We don’t read about it because it’s more comfortable to pretend that’s not true.
Nonetheless, many writers and poets create narratives and art to reveal the truth: tell me if you have a favourite.