Organized both chronologically and thematically, this pre-Confederation reader encourages students to explore Canada's history through authentic primary documents and critical academic articles. Each chapter begins with an introduction that offers context for the carefully selected primary sources and critical academic articles that follow, as well as questions for consideration and related readings.
Michel Ducharme is an assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia.
Damien-Claude Belanger is an associate professor of history at the University of Ottawa.
J.M. Bumsted is a retired professor formerly of the University of Manitoba.
"In this collection, there is an obvious and admirable effort to go beyond a standard and traditional approach in order to delve into matters and human experiences which do not often appear in texts designed for Canadian surveys [...] These articles [allow] professors and students to investigate societies and people who have at times been marginalized and have not entered into the mainstream narrative of Canadian history in this period." --Stephen Kenny, University of Regina
From previous edition: "Many of us who teach history want to introduce our students as early as possible to two essential skills of the discipline: interpreting primary sources and identifying and analyzing historiographical arguments. . . [This] reader, which would engage students with current historiographical debates and encourage them to seek their own interpretations of sources from the past, promises to be a very effective aid in helping students develop these skills." --Willeen Keough, Simon Fraser University