Friday, July 15, 2022

This Month at Canada's History: new stories

In Canada's History for August-September, a bunch of stories that might not have featured so much in the old Beaver. 

  • The cover story features Deke Richards's account of the Patriotes of 1837-38 who were exiled from 1839 to 1844 in New South Wales, Australia. I might quibble about Richard's claim that the rebels of 1837 "helped build responsible government." One might say that's not quite what they were fighting for. (Having returned to Lower Canada, many of the exiles stood with Louis-Joseph Papineau in opposing the new responsible government of 1848.)  But their exile to convict labour in Australia is well described here and surely an under-appreciated story.
  • There's a close analysis by Shezan Muhammedi of the 1972 migration of tens of thousands of Ugandan Asians driven out of Uganda under the rule of Idi Amin -- and accepted as refugees in Canada. 
  • Laura Jones examines the neglected work of women photographers in nineteenth century Canada, illustrating her account with many startling and unfamiliar images.  
  • Nancy Payne, a Canada's History contributing editor, explores how Lang Pioneer Village in Ontario's Kawartha Lakes district, once a traditional ancestor-saluting tribute to the pioneer white settlers of the region, is working with Curve Lake First Nation to integrate Anishinaabe stories and subjects, including the particularly oppressive Williams "Treaty" by which most of the land was transferred to the Crown.  
All too woke? Too few fur traders and explorers?  I hope not! But there is also attention to the history of public gardens across Canada, and coverage of the fiftieth anniversary of the Canada-USSR hockey series of September 1972 (Spoiler alert: we win!), ps a slew of CanHist reviews, and other features.  Nothing of me this month, but coming, it's coming. 

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