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African Nova Scotians in the Age of Slavery and Abolition

British Army officer William Moorsom's conversation with a black refugee settler of Hammonds Plains

Many contemporary observers assumed that the refugees did not understand that freedom entailed responsibilities and obligations. This interview makes it clear that the refugees' understanding of freedom rested on the idea of payment for work.

Date: [1829]

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives  William Moorsom, Letters From Nova Scotia: Comprising Sketches of a Young Country (London, 1830), page 126 (F100 / M78) (microfilm 3870)

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