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CAUT Bulletin Archives

April 1999

Deemed Unsuitable

R. Bruce Sheppard, Toronto: Umbrella Press, 1997; 176 pp; paper $17.95 CA., $14.95 US.
During the settlement era white homesteaders on both sides of the 49th parallel went to considerable lengths to exclude blacks from the region. Black settlers attempting to make their homes in the Indian Territory discovered that white racism had preceded them to what would later become Oklahoma. Between 1,000 and 1,500 blacks then turned north, only to find another variety of white racism thriving on the Canadian Plains.

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