A Country Nourished on Self-Doubt: Documents in Post-Confederation Canadian History, Third Edition

A Country Nourished on Self-Doubt: Documents in Post-Confederation Canadian History, Third Edition

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Edited by Thomas Thorner with Thor Frohn-Nielsen
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division © 2010
World Rights
465 Pages
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ISBN 9781442600195
Published Apr 2010
$54.95
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A Country Nourished on Self-Doubt provides coast-to-coast-to-coast representation and features an impressive balance of personal, formal, and legal documents. Four new chapters cover sexual advice in Victorian Canada, treaties of the far north, drugs in the 1920s, and youth in the 1960s. Also, two new features make this edition the most student-friendly to date: brief notes introducing each document, and a student guide to reading primary sources.

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.

Prefaces

General Introduction (First Edition)

Using Primary Historical Sources

Chapter 1. "A Fate Worse than Death": Sexual Advice in Victorian Canada

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Benjamin Jefferis and James Nichols, Searchlights on Health, Light on Dark Corners, 1894

2. "Female Cyclists," Dominion Medical Monthly and Ontario Medical Journal VII, 3, September 1896

3. The Ladies Book of Useful Information Compiled from Many Sources, 1896

4. J.E. Hett, The Sexual Organs, Their Use and Abuse, 1899

Further Readings

Chapter 2. "Two Distinct Personalities": The Question of Riel's Sanity

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. François Roy, Testimony, The Queen v. Louis Riel, 1885

2. Sir Charles Fitzpatrick, "Address of Defense Counsel," The Queen v. Louis Riel, 1885

3. Mr. Robinson, "Address of Crown Counsel," The Queen v. Louis Riel, 1885

4. Louis Riel, "Statement," The Queen v. Louis Riel, 1885

5. Dr. François-Xavier Valade, "Report on the Sanity of Louis Riel," 1885

6. Dr. Daniel Clark, "A Psycho-Medical History of Louis Riel," Journal of Insanity, July 1887

Further Readings

Chapter 3. "Broken Promises": Treaties in the Far North

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Charles Mair, Through the Mackenzie Basin, 1908

2. "Report of the Treaty Commission," September 22, 1899

3. Susie (Joseph) Abel

4. Ted Trindel, Testimony on Treaty # 11 Signed at Fort Simpson, July 11th, 1921

Further Readings

Chapter 4. "The Unfriendly Reception": Immigration

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. W.D. Scott, "The Immigration by Races," 1914

2. W.A. Cum Yow, Testimony before the Royal Commission on Chinese and Japanese Immigration, 1903

3. Dr. Sundar Singh, Addresses Delivered to the Members during the Session of 1911-12, Empire Club of Canada

4. Maria Adamowska, "Beginnings in Canada," 1937 and 1939

Further Readings

Chapter 5. "Perfect Justice and Harmony": Votes for Women

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Hon. John Dryden, Minister of Agriculture, "Womanhood Suffrage," Speech, Ontario Legislature, May 10, 1893

2. James L. Hughes, Equal Suffrage, 1910

3. H. Bate, "Are Women to Blame?," Grain Grower's Guide, March 1, 1911

4. Nellie McClung, In Times Like These, 1915

5. Stephen Leacock, "The Woman Question," Essays and Literary Studies, 1916

6. H.D.P., "The Failure of the Suffrage Movement to Bring Freedom to Women," The Woman Worker, December 1928

Further Readings

Chapter 6. "What is Our Duty?": Military Service in World War I

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Peter McArthur, "Country Recruits," Globe, January 30, 1915

2. Talbot M. Papineau, "An Open Letter from Capt Talbot Papineau to Mr. Henri Bourassa," March 21, 1916

3. Henri Bourassa, "Mr. Bourassa's Reply to Capt. Talbot Papineau's Letter," August 2, 1916

4. "No More Canadians for Overseas Service: This Young Dominion Has Sacrificed Enough," Sault Express, June 23, 1916

5. Robert Borden, House of Commons Debates, 1917

6. Francis Marion Beynon, "Women's View of Conscription," Grain Grower's Guide, May 30, 1917

Further Readings

Chapter 7. "Ruthless Butchers of Men and Morals": The Drug Traffic

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Emily Murphy, The Black Candle, 1922

2. Tom MacInnes, "The Futile Fight against Dope," Saturday Night, October 3, 1925

Further Readings

Chapter 8. "This Is My Last Chance": Depression and Despair

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Mrs. Ernest Ferguson, Ferguson, New Brunswick, March 21, 1933

2. Brief Presented by the Unemployed of Edmonton to the Hon. R.B. Bennett, December 30, 1933

3. R.D. to Canadian Government, December 1934

4. P.R. Mulligan, Debden, Saskatchewan, March 3, 1934

5. Miss Elizabeth McCrae, Hamilton, Ontario, April 6, 1934

6. L.M. Himmer, Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan, September 9, 1935

7. Mrs. Otto Brelgen, Dempster, Saskatchewan, April 15, 1935

8. Experiences of a Depression Hobo

Further Readings

Chapter 9. "The Question of Loyalty": Japanese Canadians and World War II

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. A. Neill, House of Commons, Debates, February 19, 1942

2. Muriel Kitagawa, This Is My Own: Letters to Wes and Other Writings on Japanese Canadians, 1941-1948

2.1 To Wes, December 21, 1941

2.2 To Wes, February 19, 1942

2.3 To Wes, March 2, 1942

2.4 To Wes, April 20, 1942

2.5 "We'll Fight for Home," 1942

3. "And Then Registration"

4. "Long Before Pearl Harbour"

5. K. Miyazaki, "Memoirs"

Further Readings

Chapter 10. "Cinderella of the Empire": Newfoundland and Confederation

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Newfoundland National Convention Debates, 1946-48

1.1 Joseph R. Smallwood

1.2 Major P.J. Cashin

1.3 G.F. Higgins

1.4 M.F. Harrington

1.5 W.J. Keough

1.6 E.L. Roberts

Further Readings

Chapter 11. "A Glow of Fulfilled Femininity": Women in the 1950s and 1960s

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Beverly Gray, "Housewives Are a Sorry Lot," Chatelaine, March 1950

2. "Housewives Blast Business Girl," Chatelaine, June 1950

3. Dr. Marion Hilliard, "Stop Being Just a Housewife," Chatelaine, September 1956

4. Cynthia Steers, "How Much Are You Worth to Your Husband?" Chatelaine, April 1959

5. Anna Davies, "I Hate Housekeeping," Chatelaine, March 1961

Further Readings

Chapter 12. "Hippies, Bikers, and Greasers": Youth in the 1960s

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. "Turn On, Tune In, Take Over," Georgia Straight, September 8, 1967

2. "Grass in Class," Georgia Straight, February 17-24, 1971

3. B. Cummings, "Obscenity: Who Really Cares, All Is Phoney," Georgia Straight, January 12-25, 1968

4. Dr. Murray Ross, "Why Students Rebel," Speech to the Empire Club of Canada, February 8, 1968

5. R. Smart and David Jackson, "Yorkville Subculture," in W. Mann, The Underside of Toronto

6. J. Callwood , "Digger House," in W. Mann, The Underside of Toronto

Further Readings

Chapter 13. "The Very Essence of Canadian Identity": Multiculturalism

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Government of Canada, Appendix to Hansard, October 8, 1971

2. Neil Bissoondath, Selling Illusions, the Cult of Multiculturalism, 1994

3. Dick Field, "Multiculturalism Undermines Values Held by Canadians," Toronto Star, December 23, 1994

Further Readings

Chapter 14. "A People in Bondage": Quebec and Independence

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Marcel Chaput, Why I Am a Separatist, 1961

2. Peter Nesbitt Thomson, "Separatism A Dangerous Philosophy," Speech to the Empire Club of Canada, February 6, 1964

3. René Levesque, "Quebec Independence," 1978

4. Maurice King, "Betrayal of Basic Rights in Futile Appeasement of Quebec Nationalism," Canadian Speeches, Issues of the Day, February, 1995

Further Readings

Chapter 15. "The Whites Were Terrorists": Residential Schools

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Rev. K. Annett, "Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust," Nexus, March-April 2002

2. Ted Byfield, "Weren't We All Physically Abused in Schools? So When Do We Get Our Money for Healing," Alberta Report, January 19, 1998

3. P. Donnelly, "Scapegoating the Indian Residential Schools: The Noble Legacy of Hundreds of Christian Missionaries Is Sacrificed to Political Correctness," Alberta Report, January 26, 1998

Further Readings

Chapter 16. "A Cherished Reputation": Peacekeeping

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Barbara McDougall, "Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, and Peacebuilding": Statement to the House of Commons Standing Committee on External Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, February 17, 1993

2. Unnamed Canadian Soldier, "To Jane Snailham," Sirac, Croatia, April 29, 1992

3. Unnamed Canadian Soldier, "To Jane Snailham," Daruvar, Croatia, July 28, 1993

4. Unnamed Canadian Warrant Officer Serving with Canadian Contingent to UNAMIR, "To Jane Snailham," Somewhere in Rwanda, December 21, 1995

5. Richard Sanders, "Canada's Peacekeeping Myth," The Canadian Centre for Teaching Peace, 1998

6. Peter Topolewski, "Canadian Soldiers Die for the UN," Laissez Faire City Times 3, 33 (August 23, 1999)

Further Readings

Chapter 17. "Stand Up and Be Counted": Environmentalism

Introduction

Discussion Points

Documents:

1. Nicole Parton, "Let Preppies in Preservationist Clothes Pay Cost," Vancouver Sun, August 14, 1991

2. Tzeporah Berman, Clayoquot and Dissent, 1994

3. Dr. M. Gibbons, "The Clayoquot Papers," Clayoquot and Dissent, 1994

4. Mr. Justice J. Bouck, "The Price of Throwing an Illegal Public Tantrum," Globe and Mail, October 18, 1993

Further Readings

Sources

From Victorian sexuality to hippies to the 'peacekeeping myth,' Thomas Thorner's A Country Nourished on Self-Doubt explores a remarkably comprehensive range of topics in Canadian history. Each chapter is skilfully introduced, key themes and questions are identified, and the documents are a treasure: always illuminating, often infuriating, and as raw and vivid as any collection of primary materials that I've seen assembled for undergraduate students. I will definitely be using the book in my survey course.

Christopher Pennington, University of Toronto Scarborough

The collection of documents in the third edition of A Country Nourished on Self-Doubt could be assigned to complement both survey courses and senior-level seminars on post-Confederation history. Important themes include the debate over Riel's sanity, the impact of residential schools on aboriginal peoples, suffrage and the role of women in modern Canada, Canada's participation in World War I and peacekeeping after World War II, attitudes to immigration in the early 1900s, and the development of multiculturalism. The current volume introduces students to political, social, and cultural topics and, with fewer documents in each section, students have a clearer grasp of the main ideas. This revised collection is a valuable teaching resource that allows instructors to enhance the learning environment in their classrooms and encourages students to discover how interesting Canadian history can be.

David Mills, University of Alberta