Typical of books written by the evocative Bajan-Canadian author, Cecil Foster, once you pick up They Call me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada you just cannot put it down. Every Canadian of every ethnicity and walk of life should read this wonderful account of how Negroes, many of them from British colonies in the Caribbean, helped to create the Canada that we have come to recognize as tolerant and inclusive. But, as Foster lets us know in no uncertain terms, it was not always that way in the Dominion of Canada. That Dominion was in fact racist at its very core – “the premiere White Man’s Country”.
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- Canadian Notes & Queries: Hey Porter
- TVO – Excerpt: Cecil Foster’s ‘They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada’
- CBC – The untold story of Canada’s black train porters
- The Toronto Star – In 1954, Black train porters called on Ottawa to transform Canada into ‘a country of equality’
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