A Few Acres of Snow: Documents in Pre-Confederation Canadian History

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Thomas Thorner, Thor Frohn-Nielsen
University of Toronto Press, 2009 - History - 318 pages
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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 Also new is a guide to critically reading and engaging with historical documents.

 

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Boring but informative

Contents

chapter
1
Further Readings
18
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37
chapter 3
39
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52
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70
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chapter 6
88
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153
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188
Documents
194
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208
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251
Discussion Points
257

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105
Documents
111
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128
chapter 8
131
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274
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About the author (2009)

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.

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