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Underground to Canada

Author: Barbara Smucker
Publication date: 1977
Genre: Classic 

About the Work

Historical novel for young readers.

Challenges in Canada

In 2002, Afro-Canadians lobbied the Tri-County District School Board in Nova Scotia to remove Underground to Canada, John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from classrooms. The complainants objected to the depictions of black people and the use of the N-word in these anti-racist novels. The school board rejected their request.

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