Beyond the duck: The man who saved slaves from George Washington to forge Canada’s legacy of human rights
National Post - 06/22/2017
Given Carleton’s close connection to Canada, plus the fact that many of those former slaves ended up in Halifax, his bold defence of their human rights in the aftermath of war seems deserving of a far more prominent place in the Canadian pantheon. What respect he garners today, however, comes largely from the U.S. rather than Canada. William Fowler, a noted historian at Northeastern University in Boston, calls Carleton’s defence of the slaves “an extraordinary moment in history” delivered by “a man of great integrity.” Harvard’s Maya Jasanoff similarly praises his “clarity of conviction” in a time of crisis.