Museum Chat Live! E106



We just can’t believe that it’s April and that we’re on to our third book of Books & Brews! On this episode of Museum Chat Live! we talk to Brock University Associate Professor of History, Dr. Murray Wicket, about race relations, ghettos and immigration in North America and Adrian shares some letters and stories from the Museum’s collection as we prepare for our book club discussion about our third book selection: The Illegal.

We also announce our book selections for the autumn Books & Brews series, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out more!



1 – Biography of Murray Wicket:

“Murray Wickett is a specialist in the field of comparative race relations in the United States. His book entitled, Contested Territory: Whites, Native Americans and African Americans in Oklahoma, 1865-1907, was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2000. It was nominated for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award by the Organization of American Historians in 2001. Contested Territory examines the cultural interaction between the three “founding” cultures of America in the frontier West. His article “The Fear of Negro Domination: The Rise of Segregation and Disfranchisement in Oklahoma, 1865-1910,” appeared in Chronicles of Oklahoma,  May 2000. Dr. Wickett is currently working in the field of comparative race relations in Gold Rush era California. He has written an article on “The Forgotten History: Slavery in California,” which will form part of his next manuscript which focuses on unfree labor systems in California. Dr. Wickett teaches courses focusing on African American culture, First Nations history, Comparative Slavery and Emancipation and surveys of United States history and the Americas.”  (source:

2 – Letters of the Welland Canal Company selected and read from “The Great Swivel Link: Canada’s Welland Canal” available through the Champlain Society.

3 – Story of the Battle of  Slabtown taken from Alun Hughes article on the history of Merritton: “An Early History of Merritton.”

4 – Read more about Lawrence Hill and The Illegal.

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