Elections in Oxford County, 1837-1875: A Case Study of Democracy in Canada West and Early Ontario

Elections in Oxford County, 1837-1875: A Case Study of Democracy in Canada West and Early Ontario

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By George Emery
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2012
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224 Pages
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Elections in Oxford County, 1837-75 is a unique exploration of the forms, practices, and issues of democracy in a mid-nineteenth-century colonial setting. In this case study of thirty-eight elections in Oxford County — first as part of the United Province of Canada, then in early Ontario — George Emery delves into the advances, setbacks, and flaws of a partially democratic system. Emery demonstrates that while its forms and issues evolved, the net amount of democracy remained stable over time.

Elections in Oxford County, 1837-75 breaks new ground with its detailed treatment of the county's voice-vote method of election, which ended with the adoption of the secret ballot in 1874. Employing an idealized parliamentary democracy as an explanatory model, Emery captures both geographically specific details and general features of this era's electoral process to enrich current understandings of nineteenth-century Canadian democracy.

George Emery is a professor emeritus, Department of History, University of Western Ontario.

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Acknowledgments

Prologue

  1. The Oxford Ridings and Structures for Their Elections
  2. Ethnicity, Social Class, and Orangemen in Oxford County
  3. Elections in Oxford County, 1838–1848
  4. T he General Election in Oxford County, 1851 (with J.C. Herbert Emery)
  5. Elections in the Ridings of North Oxford and South Oxford, 1854–1858
  6. Elections in the Ridings of North Oxford and South Oxford, 1860–1866
  7. Provincial and Dominion Elections in the Oxfords, 1867–1875
  8. Democracy in Oxford County Elections, 1837–1875

Appendix A List of Elections in Oxford County, 1837–1875

Appendix B List of Statutes Referred to or Consulted

Notes

References

Index

Elections in Oxford County, 1837–1875 makes an important contribution not just to the political history of Oxford County but to the larger political developments in Old Ontario during this period. This study’s strengths include its discussions of particular elections, as well as its analysis of the relationship between ethnic and religious identities and political preferences.’

David Mills, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta

‘There are few people as knowledgeable about the practice of electoral politics in nineteenth-century Canada as George Emery, and his Elections in Oxford County, 1837–1875 succeeds admirably as a case study with wider significance.’

Kenneth C. Dewar, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Mount Saint Vincent University

Legislative Assembly of Ontario Speaker’s Book Award (Canada) - Short-listed in 2012