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Steven High

The story of sleeping car porters demonstrates Quebec's racist past
Posted on November 29, 2017

Steven High is a Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Founding Member of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Working at the crossroads between oral and public history, Professor High’s research interests are broad ranging from the ethics of oral history, to forced migration. However the true hallmark of his work is the emphasis Professor High places on communities and community engagement

In recent weeks, Professor High wrote an opinion piece about the Order of Sleeping Car Porters in Quebec prior to 1950. Published first in English in the Motnreal Gazette, and subsequently in French in Le Devoir, the piece looks at the history of the black community in pre 1950’s Montreal, through the lens of their work as sleeping car porters on the railway.   

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