Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Quebec and the Canadas

Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Quebec and the Canadas

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Edited by G. Blaine Baker and Donald Fyson
Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2013
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Published Oct 2013
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The essays in this volume deal with the legal history of the Province of Quebec, Upper and Lower Canada, and the Province of Canada between the British conquest of 1759 and confederation of the British North America colonies in 1867. The backbone of the modern Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, this geographic area was unified politically for more than half of the period under consideration. As such, four of the papers are set in the geographic cradle of modern Quebec, four treat nineteenth-century Ontario, and the remaining four deal with the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes watershed as a whole.

The authors come from disciplines as diverse as history, socio-legal studies, women’s studies, and law. The majority make substantial use of second-language sources in their essays, which shade into intellectual history, social and family history, regulatory history, and political history.

G. Blaine Baker is professor emeritus in the Faculty of Law at McGill University.

Donald Fyson is a professor in the Department of History at l’Université Laval.

Foreword

Preface

Introduction: Quebec and the Canadas, 1760 to 1867: A Legal Historiography
G. BLAINE BAKER

  1. Les débuts de la littérature juridique québécoise, 1767-1840
    SYLVIO NORMAND
  2. Les revendications des nouveaux sujets, francophones et catholiques, de la Province de Québec, 1764-1774
    MICHEL MORIN
  3. “A just and obvious distinction”: The Meaning of Imprisonment for Debt and the Criminal Law in Upper Canada’s Age of Reform
    JEFFREY L. M CNAIRN
  4. The Law of Nations in the Borderlands: Sovereignty and Self-Defence in the Rebellion Period, 1837-1842
    BRADLEY MILLER
  5. Minority Groups and the Law in Quebec, 1760-1867
    DONALD FYSON
  6. Être « demanderesse » en Justice: Permanences civilistes dans la Province de Québec, de la Juridiction royale de Montréal (1740-1760) à la Cour des plaids communs de Montréal (1760-1791)
    DAVID GILLES
  7. “To shudder at the bare recital of those acts”: Child Abuse, Family, and Montreal Courts in the Early Nineteenth Century
    IAN C. PILAR CZYK
  8. Married Women’s Property Law Reform, Couples, and Fraud in Canada West / Ontario, 1859-1900
    LORI CHAMBERS
  9. From Shaved Horses to Aggressive Churchwardens: Social and Legal Aspects of Moral Injury in Lower Canada
    ERIC H. REITER
  10. “Possession of arms among these men ... might lead to serious consequences”: Regulating Firearms in the Canadas, 1760-1867
    R. BLAKE BROWN
  11. Grand Juries and “Proper Authorities”: Low Law, Soft Law, and Local Governance in Canada West / Ontario, 1850-1880
    MARY STOKES

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Index

“A promising collection of articles. Together they provide new insights into the legal history of the Canadas between the Conquest and Confederation.”

Bettina Bradbury, Department of History, York University