Are you interested in history of black labour and the law in late 18th century Canada? Or the medical-legal history of "certification" of insanity?
Join us for an
Evening of Canadian Legal History
Spots still available
November 18, 2020 at 5:30 via Zoom
This event will explore the work of our
2019 McMurtry Fellowship recipients.
Jarvis, Black labour, loyalism, and the law in late
eighteenth-century British North America
In 1783 five
siblings of the Jarvis family of Stamford, Connecticut, were forced to
flee the City of New York as part of the Loyalist diaspora following the
American revolutionary war, bringing notions of race and labour with
them. This diaspora included black Loyalists and black slaves who were to
become part of the black population of the British North American
colonies. The Jarvis siblings would profit from black labour by various
then legal means, including indenture and enslavement, reflecting the
varying degrees of bound and free black labour under negotiation in
British North America at the end of the eighteenth century.
Sposini, Just the Basic Facts: The Certification of Insanity in Ontario
of insanity was a medico-legal procedure regulating admission into
psychiatric institutions. This presentation will focus on the
certification procedure developed during the second half of the
nineteenth-century in Ontario. Taking the Toronto Lunatic Asylum as a
case study, it will explore the introduction of certificates of insanity,
examination practices, and people involved in the process. It will show
that certification in Ontario was a consensus-based procedure shielding
medical practitioners from potential legal actions.