The essays in this volume deal with the legal history of the Province of Quebec, Upper and Lower Canada, and the Province of Canada between the British conquest of 1759 and confederation of the British North America colonies in 1867. The backbone of the modern Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, this geographic area was unified politically for more than half of the period under consideration. As such, four of the papers are set in the geographic cradle of modern Quebec, four treat nineteenth-century Ontario, and the remaining four deal with the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes watershed as a whole. The authors come from disciplines as diverse as history, socio-legal studies, women's studies, and law. The majority make substantial use of second-language sources in their essays, which shade into intellectual history, social and family history, regulatory history, and political history.
George Blaine Baker is professor emeritus in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. Donald Fyson is a professor in the Department of History at l'Universite Laval.
Foreword Preface Introduction: Quebec and the Canadas, 1760 to 1867: A Legal Historiography G. BLAINE BAKER * Les d buts de la litt rature juridique qu b coise, 1767-1840 SYLVIO NORMAND* Les revendications des nouveaux sujets, francophones et catholiques, de la Province de Qu bec, 1764-1774 MICHEL MORIN*"A just and obvious distinction": The Meaning of Imprisonment for Debt and the Criminal Law in Upper Canada's Age of Reform JEFFREY L. M CNAIRN* The Law of Nations in the Borderlands: Sovereignty and Self-Defence in the Rebellion Period, 1837-1842 BRADLEY MILLER* Minority Groups and the Law in Quebec, 1760-1867 DONALD FYSON* tre demanderesse en Justice: Permanences civilistes dans la Province de Qu bec, de la Juridiction royale de Montr al (1740-1760) la Cour des plaids communs de Montr al (1760-1791) DAVID GILLES*"To shudder at the bare recital of those acts": Child Abuse, Family, and Montreal Courts in the Early Nineteenth Century IAN C. PILAR CZYK* Married Women's Property Law Reform, Couples, and Fraud in Canada West / Ontario, 1859-1900 LORI CHAMBERS* From Shaved Horses to Aggressive Churchwardens: Social and Legal Aspects of Moral Injury in Lower Canada ERIC H. REITER*"Possession of arms among these men ... might lead to serious consequences": Regulating Firearms in the Canadas, 1760-1867 R. BLAKE BROWN* Grand Juries and "Proper Authorities": Low Law, Soft Law, and Local Governance in Canada West / Ontario, 1850-1880 MARY STOKES Contributors Index