Alvin Duncan

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Introduction

Whether as the architects of civilization in an ancient world or the backbone of the economy of the modern West, African people have played a pivotal role in world history. In Canada, as slaves and 19th century frontier builders, Black workers had been essential to the development of the country. By the turn of the 20th century, and with the changing tide of world events, they were no longer considered important to the Canadian workforce. Using the powerful symbol of the railroad train in African Canadian mythology, "...and still I rise" traces the story of the Black community in the 20th century -- how it endured and how it fought back against the racism it faced. In their struggle for dignity and equality, people of African descent have helped to forge a better society for all Canadians. Come discover the unique history of the Second World War to the 1960s!

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