By J.M.S. Careless

This sampling of the paintings of J.M.S. Careless within the sector of Canadian old reports used to be chosen by way of the eminent student himself, and represents a lot of his best paintings. the gathering spans the years from 1940 to 1990 within the lengthy and uncommon occupation of 1 of Canada’s best-known historians. In Careless’s personal phrases, heritage is dated. Its very declare is that the earlier doesn't fade into not anything yet maintains to topic, even if the simply present-minded may be able to realize that simple fact.

These essays hide the most strains of Careless’s profession in Canadian scholarship. the gathering is split into 4 basic topic parts each one masking a major preoccupation in a distinct profession of over 40 years. the 1st part concentrates at the earliest subject matter in his writing, George Brown and his occasions. the second one centres on exploring a number of facets of frontierism and metropolitanism in Canadian background. The 3rd half bargains with towns and areas focusing relatively at the West and 19th century Ontario. the ultimate part choices up the threads of alternative subject matters together with constrained identities Canada and multiculturalism.

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In fact, it scorned the very name "Clear Grit," until, after the shattering of the Reform party by the Liberal-Conservative coalition of 1854, the Brownite and Clear Grit groups came together to oppose the coalition ministry, and gradually accepted the name of "Grit" for a watered-down version of original Clear Grit radicalism. The Toronto Leader was founded in 1852 as a moderate Liberal organ. In 1854 it followed the Hinksite Liberals into the coalition with the Conservatives, and henceforth espoused the Liberal-Conservative ministerial cause against the Globe and the opposition forces of Reform.

Turning to the first of these topics, we are immediately struck by the amount of time spent in the Toronto journals in weighing the relative merits of the British and the American political systems, to the detriment of American dem racy. Since Canada had won the right to govern herself in internal fairs by 1850, the question of how to use this right naturally assumed a new importance. Was the British technique of responsible cabinet government, used to win autonomy, a sufficient end in itself or only a means to further political change?

And it is worth noting that at this later time the Leader, now the chief Conservative organ, agreed that an elected council had been a mistake, although it gave as its reason the danger of too much democracy if both houses were elected. "10 It is well to keep in mind that in Canada during the mid-nineteenth century democracy was still a suspect word, with Jacobin, or at any rate American, overtones. The Conservative journals would certainly have none of it, and both the Leader and Globe pointed to the evils of rule by the masses.

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