A Few Acres of Snow: Documents in Pre-Confederation Canadian History (3rd Revised edition)

A Few Acres of Snow: Documents in Pre-Confederation Canadian History (3rd Revised edition)

By: Thomas Thorner (editor), Thor Frohn-Nielson (editor)Paperback

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A Few Acres of Snow allows readers to experience early Canadian history in the words of those who first explored, created, and documented the nation. Providing coast-to-coast representation and featuring a diverse range of social groups, the editors offer a refreshing look at the major events leading up to and including Confederation. Throughout, they rely on a careful selection of personal, formal, and legal documents to tell the story, including early travel narratives, literary writings by Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Trail, government reports on slavery in Canada, official letters on Irish immigration, and newspaper articles and speeches on the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867. In this trim new edition, each document is introduced with biographical information about the creator. Brand new chapters discuss the Loyalists in Nova Scotia, the War of 1812, and the Beothuk. Also new is a guide to critically reading and engaging with historical documents.

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Thomas Thorner is a member of the Department of History at Kwantlen University College. Thor Frohn-Nielsen teaches in the Department of History at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Contents

Prefaces General Introduction Using Primary Historical Sources Chapter 1. "So Blind and So Ignorant": Looking into Other Eyes Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Christien Le Clerq, New Relation of Gaspesia, 1691 2. Micmac Chief's Speech in Christien Le Clerq, New Relation of Gaspesia, 1691 3. Baron Lahontan, Some New Voyages to North America, 1703 4. Adario's Conversation in Baron Lahontan, Some New Voyages to North America, 1703 Further Readings Chapter 2. "Advantages and Inconveniences": The Colonization of Canada Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Samuel de Champlain, "To the King and the Lords of His Council," 1618 2. Pierre Boucher, True and Genuine Description of New France Commonly Called Canada, 1664 3. Jean Talon, "Memoir on Canada," 1673 4. Jacques-Rene de Brisay de Denonville, "Memoir Respecting Canada Prepared for the Marquis de Seignelay," January 1690 Further Readings Chapter 3. "An Afflicted People": The Acadians Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Acadians, "Memorial to Nova Scotia Governor Charles Lawrence," June 10, 1755 2. Governor Charles Lawrence, "To the Governors on the Continent," August 11, 1755 3. John Winslow, Journal, 1755 4. John Baptiste Galerm, "A Relation of the Misfortunes of the French Neutrals, as laid before the Assembly of the Province of Pennsylvania," 1758 Further Readings Chapter 4. "The Ruin of Canada": Last Decades of New France Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, "To Marshal de Belle Isle," Montreal, April 12, 1759 2. Michel-Jean-Hughes P an, "Memoir on the Condition of Canada" 3. Unknown, "Memoir on Canada" 4. Marie de la Visitation, Narrative of the Doings During the Siege of Quebec, and the Conquest of Canada Further Readings Chapter 5: "Suffering Much by Toil and Want": Loyalists in Nova Scotia Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Benjamin Marston, Diary, 1783-1784 2. Memoirs of Boston King, 1784 3. Edward Winslow, "To Ward Chipman," April 26, 1784 4. M.S., A Sketch of Shelburnian Manners, Anno 1787 5. Edward Winslow to the Royal Gazette, July 1802 Further Readings Chapter 6. "The Abundant Blessings of British Rule": Quebec's New Administration Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Joseph-Octave Plessis, Bishop of Quebec, "Sermon on Nelson's Victory at Aboukir," 1799 2. Anglo-Canadiensis, "To the Editor of the Quebec Mercury," Le Canadien, November 29, 1806 3. John Lambert, Travels Through Lower Canada and the United States of North America in the Years 1806, 1807, and 1808, 1810 4. Hugh Gray, Letters from Canada Written During a Residence There in the Years 1806, 1807 and 1808, 1809 Further Readings Chapter 7. "All is Gloomy: The War of 1812 Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. William Hull, Brigadier-General and Commander of the Northwestern Army of the United States, Proclamation, July 12, 1812 2. Major General Issac Brock to Sir George Prevost, July 12, 1812 3. Major General Issac Brock to Lord Liverpool August 29, 1812 4. M. Smith, A Geographical View of the Province of Upper Canada, and Promiscuous Remarks upon the Government, 1813 5. P-S. B dard, "Memorandum In Support of the Petition of the Inhabitants of Lower Canada," 1814 6. William Dunlop, "Recollections of the American War 1812-14," 1847 7. John Strachan, Report of the Loyal and Patriotic Society of Upper Canada to Thomas Jefferson, January 30, 1815 Further Readings Chapter 8. "A Train of Undisguised Violence:" North West Company vs. Hudson's Bay Company Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Thomas Douglas, Earl of Selkirk, The Memorial of Thomas Earl of Selkirk, October 2, 1818 2. William McGillivray, "To Sir G. Drummond," June 24, 1815 3. W.B. Coltman, "Report," May 14, 1818 Further Readings Chapter 9. "For the Sake of Humanity": Newfoundland and the Beothuk Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. "Report of Committee Appointed to Inquire into the State of the Trade to Newfoundland in March, April and June, 1793" 2. John Peyton Jr., "Narrative," St. John's, Newfoundland, May 27, 1819 3. W. Cormack, Royal Gazette, November 13, 1827 Further Readings Chapter 10. "Our Robinson Crusoe Sort of Life": Sisters in Upper Canada Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Susanna Moodie, Roughing It in the Bush, 1852 2. Catherine Parr Traill, The Backwoods of Canada, 1836 Further Readings Chapter 11. "The Long and Heavy Chain of Abuse": Political Crisis in Lower Canada Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. "The Six Counties Address," Montreal, The Vindicator, October 31, 1837 2. Robert Nelson, "Declaration of Independence," February 22, 1838 3. Lord Durham, "Report on the Affairs of British North America," 1840 Further Readings Chapter 12. "Most Horrible and Heartless": Irish Immigration Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Stephen de Vere, "To the Select Committee on Colonization from Ireland," November 30, 1847 2. Dr. G. Douglas M.D., "To Hon. H. Daly," December 27, 1847 3. Mayor W. Boulton, "To Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, Governor General of British North America," 1847 4. H. Perley, "To Sir William Colebrooke, Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of New Brunswick," December 31, 1847 Further Readings Chapter 13. "A Great Humbug": British Columbia's Gold Rushes Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. C. Gardiner, "To the Editor of The Islander," November 17, 1858 2. Charles Major, "News from British Columbia," The Daily Globe, January 2, 1860 3. Matthew MacFie, Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1865 Further Readings Chapter 14. "The Sweet Zephyrs of British Land": The Black Experience Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Jehu Jones, "To Charles Ray," August 8, 1839 2. Mary Ann Shadd Cary, A Plea for Emigration, 1852 3. Samuel Ward, "To Messrs. Bibb and Holly," October 1852 4. William Brown, "The Colored People of Canada," Pine and Palm, September-December 1861 5. S. Howe, The Refugees from Slavery in Canada West: Report to the Freedman's Inquiry Commission, 1864 Further Readings Chapter 15. "Like Snow Beneath an April Sun": Mid-Nineteenth Century Native Dissent Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Pelancea Paul (Francois Paul) et al., "To His Excellency John Harvey, Lieut. Governor of Nova Scotia," February 8, 1849 2. Chief Kahkewaquonaby (Peter Jones), "Answers to the Queries proposed by the Commissioners appointed to enquire into Indian Affairs in this Province," February 6, 1843 3. Chiefs Brant Brant, Joseph Penn, and Joseph Smart, "To the Chiefs and People of Several Tribes Assembled in General Council at Orillia," July 21, 1846 4. Chief Peau de Chat, "Address to T. G. Anderson, vice-superintendent of Indian Affairs," Sault Ste. Marie, August 18, 1848 5. Chief Peguis (William King), "To the Aboriginal Protection Society," Red River, 1857 Further Readings Chapter 16. "The Bold Scheme": Confederation Introduction Discussion Points Documents: 1. Hon. George Etienne Cartier, Speech, February 7, 1865 2. Hon. George Brown, Speech, February 8, 1865 3. Legislative Council and House of Assembly of Prince Edward Island, "To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty," March 6, 1865 4. Joseph Howe, Speech, 1866 5. Petition of the Inhabitants of Nova Scotia, "To The Commons of Great Britain and Ireland in Parliament Assembled," August 16, 1866 Further Readings Sources

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  • publication date: 15/09/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781442600294
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781442600294
  • weight: 460
  • ISBN10: 1442600292
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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