About the Canada Workshop

August 2019 marked 400 years since English privateers sold African captives to Jamestown colonists, jumpstarting the “peculiar institution” in what would become the United States. Today, the legacies of Indigenous dispossession and genocide, chattel slavery of Africans, and the policy of racial caste that has sanctioned black subjugation and subordination for centuries have provided the impetus for U.S. and Canadian societies to champion tolerance and embrace diversity. This gathering of historians, social scientists, legal scholars, and practitioners will examine the various pillars undergirding this pluralism ethos. Specifically, Workshop themes will explore Indigenous North Americans and (re)conciliation, African Americans and racial incorporation, and immigration and nation building.