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Nation and Society: Readings in Post-Confederation Canadian History, Vol. 2, 2nd edition

  • Margaret Conrad
  • Alvin Finkel
Nation and Society: Readings in Post-Confederation Canadian History, Vol. 2

ISBN-13: 9780321494160

Includes: Paperback

2nd edition

Published by Pearson Canada (October 15th 2007) - Copyright © 2008

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“We hope that students will find these readings both challenging and enlightening. By helping students understand that the past as represented in textbooks is constructed from sources such as the ones published here, we hope to open a window not only on developments in Canada’s past but also on the discipline of history.”

                                                From the editors’ Preface to the Second edition


Offering a variety of historians’ interpretations of events in Canada’s past since 1867, Nation and Society: Readings in Post-Confederation Canadian History Vol II is a collection of some of the finest scholarly articles, all secondary documents. With these twenty-nine selections, thirteen of which are new to this carefully revised edition, the editors achieve a balanced representation of important social, political and economic topics and events, in all of Canada’s regions.

This reader may be used in conjunction with Conrad and Finkel’s acclaimed two-volume History of the Canadian Peoples or their one- volume synthesis Canada: A National History, or as a supplement to any survey of Canadian history.

Table of contents

* - denotes NEW reading


Part 1:


1. D.N. Sprague, “Dispossession vs Accommodation in Plaintiff vs. Defendant Accounts of Métis Dispersal from Manitoba, 1870-1881,” Prairie Forum 16, 2 (Fall 1991): 137-56.


* 2. Christopher Armstrong, “Remoulding the Constitution,” in The Politics of Federalism: Ontario’s Relations with the Federal Government, 1867-1942 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981), 8-32.


* 3. Nikki Strong-Boag, “The Citizenship Debates”: The 1885 Franchise Act in Contesting Canadian Citizenship: Historical Readings, ed. Robert Adamoski, Dorothy E. Chunn, and Robert Menzies (n.p. Broadview Press, 2002), 69-94.


4. Sarah Carter, “Categories and Terrains of Exclusion: Constructing the ‘Indian Woman’ in the Early Settlement Era in Western Canada, Great Plains Quarterly 13 (Summer 1993): 147-161.


5. William R. Morrison, “Eldorado,” in True North: The Yukon and Northwest Territories (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1998), 78-104.


Part 2:


6. Bill Parenteau, “‘Care, Control and Supervision’: Native Peoples in the Canadian Atlantic Salmon Fishery, 1867-1900 Canadian Historical Review 79, 1 (March 1998), 1-35.


* 7. Sandra Rollings-Magnusson, "Necessary for Survival: Women and Children's Labour on Prairie Homesteads, 1871-1911," Prairie Forum 29,  2 (Summer 2004): 227-43


8. Gillian Creese, “Exclusion or Solidarity? Vancouver Workers Confront the ‘Oriental Problem’” BC Studies 80 (Winter 1998-9): 24-51.


9. Sara-Jane (Saja) Mathieu, “North of the Colour Line: Sleeping Car Porters and the Battle Against Jim Crow on Canadian Rails, 1880-1920,” Labour/Le travail 47 (Spring 2001): 9-42.


* 10. Jarrett Rudy, "Unmaking Manly Smokes: Church, State, Governance and the First Anti-Smoking Campaigns in Montreal, 1892-1914," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 12 (2001): 95-114.


11. Ramsay Cook, “The Roots of Modernism: Darwinism and the Higher Critics,” in The regenerators: Social Criticism in Late Victorian English Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985), 7-25.


* 12. Jonathan Vance, “Remembering Armageddon,” in Canada and the First World War: Essays in Honour of Robert Craig Brown, ed. David Mackenzie (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005), 409-433.


Part 3:


13. Cynthia Comacchio, “Dancing to Perdition: Adolescence and Leisure in Interwar Canada,” Journal of Canadian Studies 32, 3 (Fall 1997): 5-35.


* 14. Andrew Parnaby, "The Best Man That Ever Worked the Lumber: Aboriginal Longshoremen on Burrard Inlet, BC, 1863-1929, " Canadian Historical Review, March 2006, Vol. 87, Number 1, pp. 53-78


* 15. Denyse Baillargeon “Indispensible but Not a Citizen: the Housewife in the Great Depression,”in Contesting Canadian Citizenship: Historical Readings, ed. Robert Adamoski, Dorothy E. Chunn, and Robert Menzies (n.p. Broadview Press, 2002): 179-198.


16. Esther Delisle, Introduction to Myths, Memories and Lies: Quebec’s Intelligentsia and the Fascist Temptation, 1939-1960 (Montreal: Davies Publishing, 1998) 13-27. 


17. J.L. Granatstein, “Staring into the Abyss” in How Britian’s Weakness Forced Canada into the Arms of the United States (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989), 21-40.


Part 4:


18. Mona Gleason, “Psychology and the Construction of the ‘Normal’ Family in Postwar Canada, 1945-60,” Canadian Historical Review 78, 3 (September 1997): 442-77.


* 19. Steven High, " 'I'll Wrap the F*#@ Canadian Flag Around Me': A Nationalist Response to Plant Shutdowns, 1962-1984," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 12 (2001): 199-226.


20. Gary Kinsman, “‘Character Weaknesses’ and ‘Fruit Machines’: Towards an Analysis of the Anti-Homosexual Security Campaign in the Canadian Civil Service,” Labour/Le Travail 35 (Spring 1995): 133-61.


* 21. Tina Loo, "People in the Way: Modernity, Environment and Society on the Arrow Lakes," BC Studies (Summer/Autumn 2004): 161-96.


22. James Overton, “A Newfoundland Culture?” Journal of Canadian Studies 23, 1 and 2 (Spring/Summer 1988): 5-22.


23. James W. St G. Walker, “Allegories and Orientations in African-Canadian Historiography: The Spirit of Africville,” The Dalhousie Review 77 (Summer 1997): 155-172.


* 24. Howard Ramos and Kevin Gosine, “The Rocket:' Newspaper Coverage of the Death of a Quebec Cultural Icon, a Canadian Hockey Player," Journal of Canadian Studies 36, 4 (Winter 2002): 9-31.


Part 5


* 25. Michael Broadway, “‘Little Piggy Went to the Prairies': Growth and Opposition to the Prairie Hog Industry," Prairie Forum, 29, 1 (Spring 2004): 103-116.


26. Tania Das Gupta, “Political Economy of Gender, Race and Class: Looking at South Asian Immigrant Women in Canada,” Canadian Ethnic Studies 26, 1 (1994): 59-73.


* 27. Margaret E. McCallum, "Rights in the Courts, on the Water and in the Woods: The Aftermath of R.V. Marshall in New Brunswick," Journal of Canadian Studies, 38, 3 (Fall 2004): 204-18.


28. Jane Jenson, “Family Policy, Child Care and Social Solidarity: The Case of Quebec,” in Susan Prentice, ed., Changing Child Care: Five Decades of Child Care Advocacy and Policy in Canada (Halifax: Ferwood Publishing, 2001), 39-62.


* 29. Reem Bahdi, "No Exit: Racial Profiling and Canada's War Against Terrorism," Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 2003, pp. 294-317

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