By Phillip Buckner, R. Douglas Francis

Canada and the British international surveys Canada’s nationwide historical past via a British lens. In a chain of essays concentrating on the social, cultural, and highbrow facets of Canadian id over greater than a century, the complicated and evolving courting among Canada and the bigger British global is printed. reading the transition from the powerful trust of nineteenth-century Canadians within the British personality in their state to the realities of recent multicultural Canada, this publication eschews nostalgia in its endeavour to appreciate the dynamic and complex society within which Canadians did and do reside.

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38 With the help of his cousin in Scotland, Hugh also introduced a strain of new milk cow into the province. William Caldwell bought and sent over “a fine Bull” to Lower Canada. ”39 The brown and white cow, bred as a highproducing dairy cow, was itself the product of Scotland’s agricultural revolution. 40 One Scot, in Scotland briefly, forwarded an iron plough for himself to be taken into Hugh’s care until he could make further arrangements. 41 However, not all the Brodies were able to express their identity through an instrumental relationship with nature.

72 Canadian Freeman (London), 24 November 1833. 73 Harper, “British Migration,” 83. 74 See discussion in Errington, Wives and Mothers, chap. 8. 75 Brockville Recorder, 21 July 1831. Miss Wilson, recently arrived in Kingston, became an independent dressmaker and milliner only after, she stated, she had had five years’ training under Mrs. Kennedy. Kingston Chronicle, 22 November 1834. See Sally Alexander, “Women’s Work in Nineteenth Century London: A Study of the Years 1820-60s,” in Becoming a Woman and Other Essays in 19th and 20th Century Feminist History, ed.

4 The Reverend Mathieson stoked the hearts of his audience with patriot fervour. Yet, why was remaining in contact with “the characteristics” of Scotland a necessary good for those Scots who attended the celebration of their nation’s saint day? A large collection of letters received by Hugh Brodie and his wife Ann provide a window into the operation of a Scottish identity in the colonies. While no letters sent by Hugh or Ann appear to be extant, the letters they received from family and friends in Scotland provide a mirror in which to understand the cultural context of their everyday lives in Canada.

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