Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies

First Advisor

King, C.


History, Black.




Accepting historical documentation as an inherently subjective and selective process, this thesis will continue the process of reconstructing and highlighting the importance of the Black Canadian historical presence. This thesis will attempt to widen Canadian mass communication and historical vision by focusing on the advocacy of Mary Ann Shadd: teacher, abolitionist, fighter for women's rights and the first Black woman in North America and the first woman in Canada to found and edit a newspaper. Using a Black feminist epistemological framework this thesis will advance an analysis of her multiple roles, focusing on her media participation and its implications for African-Canadian, women's and mass communication history. How did the complex interconnectedness of race, gender and class impact her activism as a Black woman in the struggle for civil rights in Canada? How did this fundamental reality define the aesthetic and content of her work as writer and editor of the Provincial Freeman?Dept. of Communication Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .B76. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0572. Adviser: Christopher King. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.