In Duty Bound

In Duty Bound

Men, Women, and the State in Upper Canada, 1783-1841

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This neglected area of Canada's history has been preserved, in part, in the form of personal petitions submitted to the lieutenant-governor and legislature for land, government jobs, pensions, pardons and the lessening of court sentences, for compensation for damages done by, or work done for, the state, and for relief. Using these and other previously unexamined government records, J.K. Johnson illustrates that, popular knowledge aside, Upper Canada was not simply a land of self-sufficient farmers and artisans and that many had to turn to and rely on the state for their livelihoods. The major themes of Upper Canada's history, from war and rebellion to immigration and settlement, are well- documented. In Duty Bound fleshes out the lives of ordinary people in Upper Canada and clarifies how several branches of government worked for, or against, the interests of the population. -- Book Jacket.
Publisher: Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2014
ISBN: 9780773542778
Branch Call Number: 971.302 JOH 2014
Characteristics: x, 304 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Sep 19, 2014

While the description is true, don`t expect to find much on Ottawa, Bytown, Perth, Huntley, or March pioneers/settlers. The author seems to concentrate on the material he might have had at hand, namely the townships around Toronto, or York. This is not to say it is not informative, because it is. Whatever the topic, the author demonstrates it clearly by people who lived in southern Ontario.

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