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"To Learn... Even a Little: The Letters of Solomon Washington" is the ninth story released in the short story collection, Hoping for Home. It was written by Afua Cooper and remains his only work for Dear Canada. The story was followed by "Out of the Ashes" by Marie-Andrée Clermont.


"Though Solomon's family are free Blacks, a close call with slavecatchers, from which Solomon barely escapes, impels them to move from Virginia to Canada West. But racism follows them even here, and rears its head when Solomon is expelled from his local school simply because he's not white."







Main article: Afua Cooper

Dr. Afua Cooper is a Canadian historian, author, poet, and educator whom was born in Jamaica. For her doctoral studies, Cooper researched Black communities in Ontario. She took a special interest in abolitionist Henry Bibb, and later wrote the children's novel My Name is Henry Bibb about him. Her other work includes The Hanging of Angélique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal, My Name is Phillis Wheatley, and a number of poetry collections.[1]


  1. Hoping for Home, About the Authors, page 239

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