Why would Blacks who fled slavery for a better life in Canada return to the United States to join the Union Army in the four-year American Civil War?
Canadian historian Bryan Prince recounts the stories of some of these brave men who gave up their freedom in the war that threatened British North America in his new book, My Brother’s Keeper: African-Canadians and the American Civil War.
“We hear about stories of triumph and people coming to Canada via the Underground Railroad,” Prince told Share from his Chatham residence. “But what we so seldom hear about is how the Civil War affected the lives here of not only the soldiers who went back to fight, but their families who had to struggle after their sons and husbands went off to the war as they were trying to build a new life here.
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