Reclaiming Histories of Enslavement from the Maritime Atlantic: The History of Mary Prince
Supervisors: Dr. Neil Kennedy, History; Dr. Elizabeth Yeoman, Education; Dr. Robert Finley, English; Dr. Sonja Boon, Gender Studies.
Program Milestones: Research Assistant, 'Nin Tshaukuesh: The Diaries of Elizabeth Penashue', a SSHRC Insight Grant
Research: Born and raised in British Columbia, Margot Maddison-MacFadyen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in English Literature and a Master of Education from the University of Victoria in Curriculum Studies, where she also undertook a Post Degree Professional Program and was granted a teaching credential. A teacher for eighteen years, she taught both English and Math in four different schools—two public schools in British Columbia, and two international schools, one in British Columbia and the other in the Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies. It was while in the Turks and Caicos Islands that her PhD project, Reclaiming Local Histories of Enslavement in the Maritime Atlantic, found her.
Maddison-MacFadyen will investigate and authenticate the historical dimensions of the slave narrative, The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave, Related by Herself. By the close of 2013, she has visited the three British Overseas Territories in which her historical subject, Mary Prince, was enslaved—Bermuda, Grand Turk Island, and Antigua. She has conducted archival research in Bermuda, and Grand Turk Island, plus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where Antiguan records pertaining to Prince have been relocated. In June 2014, she will visit London, England, which is the last place of Prince’s reported enslavement. She will disseminate her findings widely through both academic and cultural journals, book chapters, presentations, and through the creation of educational resources suitable for students aged twelve and older.
Recognized as a Bermudian National Hero in 2012, Prince was the storyteller of a successful collaborative abolitionist writing and editing team. First published in 1831, it went to print three times that year, making it a best seller. It played a significant and strategic part in moving British Parliament to pass the Slavery Abolition Act that became law on August 1, 1834. Prince told her story to Susanna Strickland (later Moodie), who then compiled it, and Maddison-MacFadyen is also interested in identifying the contributions Strickland made to the success of Prince’s narrative, not only in the abolitionist movement of the late 1820s and early 1830s, but also, potentially, in recent times.
In the main, however, Maddison-MacFadyen is interested in putting Prince’s story, broadened and illuminated with her own research findings, into the hands of teachers and the students they teach. A remarkable woman, Prince is the earliest known black woman from the West Indies to relate a slave narrative. And what a story! Rich in detail, hers is a story of transcendence. In spite of the cruelty, callousness, and injustice meted out to her by her slave-owners, she is victorious in the end. Hers is a counter-story that can fill a gap that currently exists in children’s literature.
Discipline: Education, English, History and Gender Studies
Margot Maddison-MacFadyen's Blog: Storied Lives: living by, in, and with stories, http://margotmaddisonmacfadyen.com/
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2008) 'Toiling in the Salt Ponds: The Grand Turk years of Mary Prince.' Times of the Islands. 84: 77-88.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2011) 'Piecing Together the Puzzle: The Antiguan Years of Mary Prince.' Times of the Islands. 94: 44-48.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2011) 'Looking for Annie Saint in Bonavista.' The Newfoundland Quarterly. 103(4): 14-17.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2012). 'Mary Prince, Grand Turk, and Antigua.'
Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies, DOI:10.1080/0144039X.2012.736697
Margot Maddison-MacFadyen. (2013). ‘This white woman has journeyed far: Serendipity, counter-stories, hauntings, and ekphrasis as a type of poetic inquiry.’ Morning Watch Journal of Educational and Social Analysis, Special Edition: Narratives of becoming a researcher. http://www.mun.ca/educ/faculty/mwatch/mwatch_sped13/Maddison%20MacFadyen.pdf
Honours and Awards
2014 Prince Edward Island Book Award for Poetry
SSHRC 2013-2015 Doctoral Fellowship
Bowring/Harlow Scholarship 2013-2014
SSHRC 2013 Prize for Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers
Dean's Excellence Award 2013-2015
Going Global Grant 2013
Finalist 2013 Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem
1st Honourable Mention 2013 Canadian Stories Magazine for Best Self-published Children's Book.
Third Place Winner Milton Acorn Poetry Award -- Prince Edward Island Writers' Guild 2013 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards
Honourable Mention 2012 Canadian Stories Magazine for Best Self-published Book
Maddison-MacFadyen, M.( 2014). Mary Prince: Black Rebel, Abolitionist, Storyteller. In Drake, K. (Ed.) Critical Insights: The Slave Narrative. Ipswich, Massachusetts: Salem Press. 3-30.
Maddison-MacFadyen, M. (2013). 'Mary Prince, Grand Turk, and Antigua'. Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies, 34 (4): 653-662. First published online in 2012 at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2012.736697.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2009). 'Mary Prince and Grand Turk'. The Bermuda Journal of Archaeology and Maritime History, 19: 102-123.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2013). ‘This white woman has journeyed far: Serendipity, counter-stories, hauntings, and ekphrasis as a type of poetic inquiry’. Morning Watch Journal of Educational and Social Analysis, Special Edition: Narratives of becoming a researcher. http://www.mun.ca/educ/faculty/mwatch/mwatch_sped13/Maddison%20MacFadyen.pdf
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2014). 'Discovering Mary Prince'. MARITimes, 27 (1): 18-19.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2014). 'Those Even Older Were Witches'. The Newfoundland Quarterly, 107 (1): 39.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2013). 'Going Up the Country'. Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s. Berkeley: She Writes Press: 211-216.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2013) 'The New Marvel of Us'. Canadian Stories Magazine, 16 (93), 9-12.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2013). 'The Beautiful Golden-Brown Women of a Gauguin Painting'. Still Point Arts Quarterly, 10: 51.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2012). 'Turks Islands' Salt, Enslavement, and the Newfoundland-West Indies Trade'. The Newfoundland Quarterly, 105 (1): 40-44.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2011). 'Looking for Annie Saint in Bonavista'. The Newfoundland Quarterly, 103 (4): 14-17.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2011). 'Piecing Together the Puzzle: The Antiguan years of Mary Prince'. Times of the Islands, 94: 44-48.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2008). 'Toiling in the Salt Ponds: The Grand Turk years of Mary Prince'. Times of the Islands, 84: 77-88.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2008). 'Yearning for Freedom: The legacy of Mary Prince'. Times of the Islands, 83: 61-69.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2008). 'A Study in Determination: the Story of British West Indies Collegiate'. Times of the Islands, 82: 83-92.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (1995). Three Poems: 'Raven-Hearted'; 'Hibiscus Woman'; '20th Century Martyr'. Forum, 4(1): 63-66.
Leathwood, Andy, Margot Maddison-MacFadyen, and Anne Waters. (2004). 'Analyzing Fictional Characters for Social Responsibility'. In Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert (Eds.) Network of Performance-Based Schools: Findings and Stories. 4th ed. Victoria: BC Ministry of Education: 111-112.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2003). 'New and Wonderful Me.'. In Heather Haake and Karen Bissenden (Eds.), Write Off the Bat: Writing from South Central and South East BC. Castlegar: NIB: 52-54.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (1993). 'The Heat Beating from the Radiator of Her Heart: Transformation and Reclamation of the Self Through the Arts'. In Margot Maddison-MacFadyen (Ed.) Parnassus '93. Victoria: Faculty of Education, University of Victoria: 8-15.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (1991). 'A Sensational Time'. In Aggregate: An East Kootenay Anthology. Kimberley: Kimberley Writers' Group: 4-8.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (1991). 'Audrey'. In Aggregate: An East Kootenay Anthology. Kimberley: Kimberley Writers' Group: 3.
Maddison-MacFadyen, M. (2013). In Buchanan, S. and Maddison-MacFadyen, M. (Eds.) A Gathering of TWiGS. Charlottetown, PE: TWiG Publications. 3-4, 32, 57, & 59-60.
Maddison-MacFadyen, Margot. (2002). When the Circus Comes to Town and Other Stories. Kaslo, BC: Blue Geranium.