The Lion, the Eagle, and Upper Canada: A Developing Colonial Ideology

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1994 - History - 272 pages
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Errington argues that in order to appreciate the evolution of Upper Canadian beliefs, particularly the development of political ideology, it is necessary to understand the various and changing perceptions of the United States and of Great Britain held by different groups of colonial leaders. Colonial ideology inevitably evolved in response to changing domestic circumstances and to the colonists' knowledge of altering world affairs. It is clear, however, that from the arrival of the first loyalists in 1748 to the passage of the Naturalization Bill in 1828, the attitudes and beliefs of the Upper Canadian elite reflect the fact that the colony was a British- American community. Errington reveals that Upper Canada was never as anti-American as popular lore suggests, even in the midst of the War of 1812. By the mid 1820s, largely due to their conflicting views of Great Britain and the United States, Upper Canadians were irrevocably divided. The Tory administration argued that only by decreasing the influence of the United States, enforcing a conservative British mould on colonial society, and maintaining strong ties with the Empire could Upper Canada hope to survive. The forces of reform, on the other hand, asserted that Upper Canada was not and could not become a re-creation of Great Britain and that to deny its position in North America could only lead to internal dissent and eventual amalgamation with the United States. Errington's description of these early attempts to establish a unique Upper Canadian identity reveals the historical background of a dilemma which has yet to be resolved.
  

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Contents

The Land and the People
11
And This Shall be a British Province
18
Upper Canada an American Community?
33
The Steady Decline to War
53
PART TWO
85
Postwar Developments
87
Foundation Stone of Canada
95
Brother Jonathan the Sometime Ally
117
The Fear of Abandonment
135
Who Is an Upper Canadian?
164
Conclusion
184
Notes
191
Bibliography
247
Index
267
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Mary Alice Downie has written and edited 28 books for children and adults. Her many books include "And Some Brought Flowers" with Mary Hamilton, and "The Well-Filled Cupboard" with Barbara Robertson. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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