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 documents that follow and includes an extensive list of questions for consideration and related readings. Fully revised and expanded, this fourth edition includes over 35 new primary and secondary documents, as well as an enhanced treatment of visual history with more figures, maps, photographs, and art, offering students a comprehensive view of pre-Confederation Canada. Interpreting Canada's Past: A Pre-Confederation Reader, fourth edition is the first volume of a two-volume set of readers that has been created to accompany J.M. Bumsted's two-volume text The Peoples of Canada and his single volume text A History of the Canadian Peoples. This celebrated collection is an essential resource for students and instructors of Canadian history.
For over 25 years, John M. (Jack) Bumsted taught at the University of Manitoba's department of history. Before his arrival on the Prairies he taught at both Simon Fraser University and McMaster University. His research specialties are many, including the history of Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, and cultural history.
Len Kuffert is associate professor of history at the University of Manitoba. His current work is on radio in English Canada. His first book, A Great Duty: Canadian Responses to Modern Life and Mass Culture, 1939-1967, was published in 2003.
Michel Ducharme is assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia. His current research is focused on British North American colonies (1749-1873); Canada and the Atlantic world; the history of Quebec; and liberalism and nationalism in Canada and Quebec (nineteenth and twentieth centuries). His most recent book is Le concept de liberte au Canada a l'epoque des Revolutions atlantiques (1776-1838) (2010).
"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