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Cecelia and FannyThe Remarkable Friendship Between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress$
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Brad Asher

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134147

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134147.001.0001

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Cecelia: A Family in Freedom

Cecelia: A Family in Freedom

(p.75) Chapter 5 Cecelia: A Family in Freedom
Cecelia and Fanny

Brad Asher

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter reviews Cecelia's life in Canada after her escape. It discusses life in Canada for former slaves, and it charts the milestones Cecelia passed on the way to making her freedom seem real and secure: She adopted her own surname, got legally married, purchased property, and gave birth to a daughter. In the 1850s, Cecelia opened her correspondence with Fanny to re-establish contact with her mother and, eventually, bargain for her mother's freedom. Through this correspondence, Fanny's views on slavery seemed to shift, although Cecelia never successfully reunited with her mother.

Keywords:   Canada, fugitive slaves, letters, slavery, Toronto, anti-slavery

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