Interpreting Canadas Past: A Pre-Confederation Reader

Paperback | April 1, 2011

byJ.M. Bumsted, Len Kuffert, Michel Ducharme

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Organized both chronologically and thematically, this pre-Confederation reader encourages students to explore Canada's history through authentic primary documents and critical academic articles. Each chapter begins with an introduction that offers context for the documents that follow andincludes an extensive list of questions for consideration and related readings. Fully revised and expanded, this fourth edition includes over 35 new primary and secondary documents, as well as an enhanced treatment of visual history with more figures, maps, photographs, and art, offering students acomprehensive view of pre-Confederation Canada. Interpreting Canada's Past: A Pre-Confederation Reader, fourth edition is the first volume of a two-volume set of readers that has been created to accompany J.M. Bumsted's two-volume text The Peoples of Canada and his single volume text A History ofthe Canadian Peoples. This celebrated collection is an essential resource for students and instructors of Canadian history.

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Organized both chronologically and thematically, this pre-Confederation reader encourages students to explore Canada's history through authentic primary documents and critical academic articles. Each chapter begins with an introduction that offers context for the documents that follow andincludes an extensive list of questions for cons...

For over 25 years, John M. (Jack) Bumsted taught at the University of Manitoba's department of history. Before his arrival on the Prairies he taught at both Simon Fraser University and McMaster University. His research specialties are many, including the history of Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, and cultural history. Len Kuffert i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.7 inPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Origins and ContactIntroductionPrimary Documents1 'Where the First People Came From' in Cree Legends from the West Coast of James BayJOSE DE ACOSTA: 2 From Historia Natural y Moral de las IndiasHistorical InterpretationsE. JAMES DIXON: 3 E. From 'The First Colonization of North America'DAVID J. MELTZER: 4 Rrom 'What Do You Do When No One's Been There Before?'2. Missionaries and First NationsIntroductionPrimary DocumentsJOYCE MARSHALL: 1 From Word From New France: The Selected Letters of Marie de l'IncarnationREUBEN GOLD THWAITES: 2 From The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents: Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in New France, 1610-1791Historical InterpretationsCAROLE BLACKBURN: 3 From Harvest of Souls: The Jesuit Missions and Colonialism in North America, 1632-1650DENYS DELAGE: 4 From Bitter Feast: Amerindians and Europeans in Northeastern North America, 1600-16643. Seigneurial Regime in New FranceIntroductionPrimary Documents1 From Edicts, Ordinances, Declarations and Decrees relative to the Seigniorial TenurePETER KALM: 2 Travels into North America: Containing its Natural History and a Circumstantial Account of its Plantations and Agriculture in General . . .Historical InterpretationsCOLIN M. COATES: 3 From 'Seigneurial Landscapes', in The Metamorphoses of Landscape and Community in Early QuebecALLAN GREER: 4 From 'The Feudal Burden', in Peasant, Lord and Merchant: Rural Society in Three Quebec Parishes 1740-18404. Expulsion of the AcadiansIntroductionPrimary DocumentsTHOMAS B. AKINS: 1 From 1755 Council Minutes, in Acadia and Nova Scotia: Documents Relating to the Acadian French and the First British Colonization of the Province, 1714-17582 From 'Extracts from Col. John Winslow's Journal' in Report Concerning Canadian Archives for the Year 1905Historical InterpretationsGEOFFREY PLANK: 3 From 'Ile Royale, New England, Scotland, and Nova Scotia, 1744-1748', An Unsettled Conquest: The British Campaign Against the Peoples of AcadiaN.E.S. GRIFFITHS: 4 From 'The Decision to Deport', From Migrant to Acadian: A North American Border People, 1604-17555. Representing Acadia and CanadaIntroductionPrimary DocumentsBENJAMIN WEST: 1 The Death of General Wolfe, 1770FRANCOIS-LOUIS-JOSEPH WATTEAU: 2 The Death of Montcalm, 1783JUSTE CHEVILLET: 3 The Death of the Marquis de Montcalm, 1783MARC-AUGELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE: 4 Sketches for the Death of Montcalm, 1902FRANCIS SWAINE: 5 A View of the Launching Place Above the Town of Quebec, 1763Historical InterpretationsJEFFERS LENNOX: 6 'An Empire on Paper: The Founding of Halifax and Conceptions of Imperial Space, 1744-55'JOHN E. CROWLEY: 7 '"Taken on the Spot": The Visual Appropriation of New France for the Global British Landscape'6. LoyalistsIntroductionPrimary DocumentsWALTER BATES: 1 From 'The Diary of Sarah Frost, 1783', in Kingston and the Loyalists of the 'Spring Fleet' of 17832 'The Petition of 55 Loyalists', 22 July 1783 and 'A Memorial of Samuel Hakes and 600 Others', 15 August 1783 in Vindication of Governor Parr and his CouncilHistorical InterpretationsJANICE POTTER: 3 From 'Patriarchy and Paternalism: The Case of the Eastern Ontario Loyalist Women'NORMAN KNOWLES: 4 From 'An Ancestry of which Any People Might Be Proud: Official History, the Vernacular Past, and the Shaping of the Loyalist Tradition at Mid-Century', in Inventing the Loyalists: The Ontario Loyalist Tradition and the Creation of Usable Pasts7. Fur Trade in the NorthwestIntroductionPrimary DocumentsHARRY DUCKWORTH: 1 From The English River Book: A North West Company Journal and Account Book of 1786LORD SELKIRK: 2 From A Sketch of the British Fur Trade (1815)Historical InterpretationsSYLVIA VAN KIRK: 3 From 'Many Tender Ties': Women in Fur Trade Society in Western Canada, 1670-1870CAROLYN PODRUCHNY: 4 From Making the Voyageur World: Travelers and Traders in the North American Fur Trade8. Immigration in the Early Nineteenth CenturyIntroductionPrimary Documents1 From 'Testimony of Alexander Buchanan', Third Report of the Select Committee on Emigration from the United KingdomWILLIAM DUNLOP: 2 From Statistical Sketches of Upper Canada, for the Use of Emigrants: by a BackwoodsmanHistorical InterpretationsELIZABETH JANE ERRINGTON: 3 From 'Transatlantic Webs of Kin and Community', Emigrant Worlds and Transatlantic Communities: Migration to Upper Canada in the First Half of the Nineteenth CenturyROBERT J. GRACE: 4 From 'Irish Immigration and Settlement in a Catholic City: Quebec, 1842-61'9. Rebellions in Lower CanadaIntroductionPrimary Documents1 From Ninety-Two Resolutions, in Journals of the House of Assembly of Lower Canada, 4th session of the 14th Provincial Parliament (January 7-March 18, 1834)2 From Lord Durham to Lord Glenelg, 9 August 1838, in The Report and Despatches of the Earl of Durham Her Majesty's High Commissioner and Governor-General of British North AmericaHistorical InterpretationsFERNAND OUELLET: 3 From 'The Failure of the Insurrectionary Movement, 1837-1839', in Economic and Social History of Quebec, 1760-1850: Structures and ConjuncturesALLAN GREER: 4 From The Patriots and the People: The Rebellion of 1837 in Rural Lower Canada10. Women in British North AmericaIntroductionPrimary Documents1 'To the Electors of Quebec County', Le Canadien 21 May 1808.ROBERT SEDGWICK: 2 From The Proper Sphere and Influence of Woman in Christian Society: being a Lecture Delivered by Rev. Robert Sedgewick before the Young Men's Christian Association, Halifax, N.S., November 1856Historical InterpretationsWILLEEN KEOUGH: 3 From 'The Riddle of Peggy Mountain: Regulation of Irish Women's Sexuality on the Southern Avalon, 1750-1860'GAIL CAMPBELL: 4 From 'Disenfranchised but not Quiescent: Women Petitioners in New Brunswick in the mid 19th Century'11. Aboriginal People in British North AmericaIntroductionPrimary Documents1 From 'Report on the Affairs of the Indians in Canada', (1842-44) in Appendix to the Fourth Volume of the Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada 1844-45ALEXANDER MORRIS: 2 'The Robinson-Superior Treaty', in The Treaties of Canada with the Indians of Manitoba and the North-West Territories, Including the Negotiations on which They Were Based, and Other Information Relating TheretoEHistorical InterpretationsJOHN G. REID: 3 From 'Empire, the Maritime Colonies, and the Supplanting of Mi'kma'ki/Wulstukwik, 1780-1820'CELIA HAIG-BROWN: 4 From 'Seeking Honest Justice in a Land of Strangers: Nahnebahwequa's Struggle for Land'12. 'Rushing' the Empire WestwardIntroductionPrimary Documents1 'Letter of Charles Major, 20 September 1859', in Daily Globe, Toronto, 2 January 1860JOHN PALLISER: 2 From Journals, Detailed Reports and Observations Relative to the Exploration, by Captain PalliserHistorical InterpretationsTINA LOO: 3 From '"A Delicate Game": The Meaning of Law on Grouse Greek'DANIEL MARSHALL: 4 From 'Mapping the New El Dorado: The Fraser River Gold Rush and the Appropriation of Native Space'13. MetisIntroductionPrimary DocumentsPIERRE FALCON: 1 'La chanson de la grenouillere' (1816) in Textes poetiques du Canada francais2 From J. Halkett to Earl Bathurst, 3 June 1818, in Correspondence in the Years 1817, 1818, and 1819, between Earl Bathurst and J. Halkett, Esq. on the Subject of Lord Selkirk's Settlement at the Red River, in North AmericaHistorical InterpretationsW. BRIAN STEWART: 3 From The Ermatingers: A 19th Century Ojibwa-Canadian FamilyGERHARD ENS: 4 From 'Prologue to the Red River Resistance: Pre-liminal Politics and the Triumph of Riel'14. Confederation and Anti-ConfederationIntroductionPrimary Documents1 From a speech of Joseph Howe at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 22 May 1867A.A. DORION: 2 From Parliamentary Debates on the Subject of the Confederation of the British North American ProvincesHistorical InterpretationsGED MARTIN: 3 From 'The Case Against Canadian Confederation', in The Causes of ConfederationEDWARD MACDONALD: 4 From 'Who's Afraid of the Fenians? The Fenian Scare on Prince Edward Island, 1865-1867'Permission Credits

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"Many of us who teach history want to introduce our students as early as possible to two essential skills of the discipline: interpreting primary sources and identifying and analyzing historiographical arguments. . . [This] reader, which would engage students with current historiographicaldebates and encourage them to seek their own interpretations of sources from the past, promises to be a very effective aid in helping students develop these skills." --Willeen Keough, Simon Fraser University