Using archival sources, novels, government reports, and works on tourism and heritage, Ian McKay and Robin Bates look at how state planners, key politicians, and cultural figures such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, long-time premier Angus L. Macdonald, and novelist Thomas Raddall were all instrumental in forming "tourism/history." The authors argue that Longfellow's 1847 poem Evangeline - on the brutal British expulsion of Acadians from Nova Scotia - became a template a new kind of profit-making history that exalted whiteness and excluded ethnic minorities, women, and working class movements. A remarkable look at the intersection of politics, leisure, and the presentation of public history, In the Province of History is a revealing account of how a region has both used and distorted its own past.
Ian McKay is a professor in the Department of History at Queen's University. Robin Bates is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.
Illustrations vii; Acknowledgments ix; A Note on Usage xi; Prologue: The People of "Canada's Ocean Playground" 3; 1 How a Land without Antiquities Became the Province of History 18; 2 This Is the Province Primeval: Evangeline and the Beginnings of Tourism/History 71; 3 "All the world was safe and happy": The Innocence of Will R. Bird 130; 4 Down the Twisting Path of Destiny: The Impossible Liberalism of Thomas Raddall 200; 5 Marketing Race: Angus L. Macdonald, Tartanism, and the Cultural Politics of Whiteness 253; 6 Of Runic Stones and Lockean Dreams: The Triumvirate and Its Treasures, 1935-1964 317; Conclusion: Is the Romance Ended? 369; Notes 381; Index 457.