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Loyalties in conflict: A Canadian Borderland in War and Rebellion 1812-1840
Originally settled by Loyalists from New York and followed by much larger numbers of land seekers from New England, the Eastern Townships was a potentially volatile borderland during the War of 1812 and the Rebellions of 1837-38. Drawing on his 2008 book of the same name, historian and author Jack Little examines how the allegiance to British authority of the American-origin population within the borders of Lower Canada was tested by these conflicts. The Townships' distinct sense of regional identity would not prevent a strong political-reform movement from emerging in the region during the 1820s and 1830s, undermining the view of some Quebec historians that the political contest in Lower Canada was essentially a French-English one. But the dual threat of French-Canadian and American nationalism, Little argues, ensured the Townships’ loyalty to government during the rebellions that followed.

Jan 26, 2023 01:30 PM in Montreal

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