Foundations: Readings in Pre-Confederation Canadian History, Vol. 1, 2nd edition

  • Margaret Conrad
  • Alvin Finkel

Foundations: Readings in Pre-Confederation Canadian History, Vol. 1

ISBN-13:  9780321491107


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Foundations: Readings in Pre-Confederation Canadian History is a sample reader of pre-confederation Canadian history, with a careful balance of regional representation.  The sections of the text are grouped in overlapping time periods that have become more-or-less conventional for the study of the pre-Confederation period: Beginnings to 1663; France in America, 1663-1756; British North America, 1749-1821; Maturing Colonial Societies, 1821-1867; and Industrializing Canada, 1840-1867.  With updated material to ensure a modern appeal, including 18 new readings, this book will give history students a balanced sample of some of the best and most recent readings dealing with the history of Canada before Confederation.

Table of contents

Part I

-Winona Wheeler, “Reflections on the Social Relations of Indigenous Oral Histories”

-Shelagh D. Grant, “North Baffin 1905”

-Toby Morantz, “Plunder or Harmony?”

-Excerpt from Ramsay Cook, “1492 and All That: Making a Garden Out of Wilderness”


Part II

-Yves Landry, “Gender Imbalance, les filles du roi, and choice of a spouse in New France”

-Gilles Havard, “1701: A New Situation”

-Kenneth J. Banks, “Proclaiming Peace in 1713: A Case Study”

-William Wicken, “Mi’kmaq Decisions: Antoine Tecouenemac, the Conquest and the Treaty of Utrecht”

-Naomi E.S. Griffiths, “1755—1784: Exile Surmounted”


Part III

-John Reid, “Pax Britannica or Pax Indigena?: Planter Nova Scotia (1760-82) and Competing Strategies of Pacification”

-Ann Gorman Condon, “The Family in Exile: Loyalist Social Values after the Revolution”

-F. Murray Greenwood, “The Security Danger, 1793-1798”

-George Sheppard, “‘Cool Calculators’: Brock’s Militia”

-Carolyn Podruchny, “Unfair Masters and Rascally Servants? Labour Relations Among Bourgeois, Clerks and Voyageurs in the Montreal Fur Trade, 1780—1821”

-Cole Harris, “Voices of Disaster: Smallpox around the Strait of Georgia in 1782"


Part IV

-Rusty Bittermann and Margaret McCallum, "When private rights become public wrongs: property and the state in Prince Edward Island in the 1830s"

-Jerry Bannister, “The Campaign for Representative Government in Newfoundland”

-Mary Anne Poutanen, “Bonds of Friendship, Kinship and True Community: Gender, Homelessness, and Mutual Aid in Early 19th Century Montreal”

-Catharine Wilson, “Reciprocal Work Bees and the Meaning of Neighbourhood”

-Jean Marie Fecteau, “‘This Ultimate Resource’: Martial Law and State Repression in Lower Canada 1837-8”

-Lorne Hammond, “Marketing Wildlife: The Hudson Bay Company and the Pacific Northwest, 1821-1849”

-Adele Perry, “Hardy Backwoodsmen, Wholesome Women, and Steady Families: Immigration and the Construction of a White Society in Colonial British Columbia”


Part V

-Claudette Knight, “Black Parents Speak: Education in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Canada West”

-Lesley Erickson, “Constructed and Contested Truths: Aboriginal Suicide, Law and Colonialism in the Canadian West(s), 1823-1927”

-Bruce Curtis, “Social Investment in Medical Reforms: The 1866 Cholera Scare and Beyond”

-Cecilia Morgan, “Better than Diamonds: Sentimental Strategies and Middle-Class Culture in Canada West”

-Ged Martin, “The Case Against Canadian Confederation, 1864—1867”

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Published by Pearson Canada (May 1st 2007) - Copyright © 2008