The National Prairie Dream

The National Prairie Dream

The Canadian Prairies at the beginning of the 1900s were bustling with the anticipation of new settlers, and hundreds of newly freed slaves in Oklahoma joined the migration. They came to this country expecting freedom to pursue a life of happiness. They built lives, homes and communities, but they also found discrimination. Lee Williams, as chairman of the railway porters' union, worked to eliminate job discrimination on the railways. In 1966, a new collective agreement resulted in equal job rights for black and white railway workers across the country. The effects of Lee Williams' actions would soon be felt by a whole new generation of black immigrants in the Prairies. In this story, CBC reporter Sandra Batson takes a look at the history of African Americans who came to the Canadian Prairies, and the discrimination they confronted in search of a better life.

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  • Added on: 06/14/2013