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Visions Editors' Choice: Pre-Confederation, 2nd Edition

By Samson/Bryden/Coates/Lux/Marks/Martel
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ISBN-10: 0176669396
ISBN-13: 9780176669393
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 2nd

The editor’s choice Pre-Confederation volume of Visions brings together 12 pre-selected modules that tackle topics within Canadian history. This unique collection provides consistency for instructors and students as each module is designed around a consistent framework. A short contextual introduction provides students with an overview of what they will be learning and is followed by a series of both primary and secondary sources, including visual materials. All modules conclude with questions for further discussion and study, along with a bibliography. This collection can be used to compliment a core text or be used on its own, depending on the approach of the course.


  • *NEW* Modules are designed around a common framework so instructors and students get a seamless experience.
  • Integrates primary sources in a useful wayIntegrates primary sources in a useful way
  • Challenges students to think like historians
  • 3 new modules in the second edition

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Contact Zones from the 16th to 18th Century: How Did Aboriginal People Perceive European Newcomers?
  • Chapter 2: Women and the Church in New France
  • Chapter 3: On the Edge of Empires: Acadians and Mi?kmaq in the 18th Century
  • Chapter 4: The 14th Colony: Nova Scotia and the American Revolution
  • Chapter 5: The Rebellions of 1837-8 in Lower and Upper Canada: Why Did People Take Up Arms Against the Government?
  • Chapter 6: Unfreedom in Early Canada: Race, Empire, and Slavery
  • Chapter 7: Worlds of Work: Pre-Industrial Work, 1860-1880
  • Chapter 8: The Metis and Red River Society: Change, Adaptation, and Resistance, 1830s to 1870s
  • Chapter 9: Schools, Prisons, and Asylums in Mid-19th Century British North America: What Did Institutional Reforms Have in Common?
  • Chapter 10: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Colonial British Columbia, 1849-1871
  • Chapter 11: First Nations and the New Empire
  • Chapter 12: Confederation: What Kind of Country Are We to Have?

Author Information

P.E. Bryden

Dr. Bryden received her BA from Trent University, her MA and PhD from York University in Toronto. She works primarily in the area of postwar Canadian political and constitutional history. She is particularly interested in the development of public policies and the negotiation of power within the federal system.

Maureen Lux

Dr. Lux teaches Canadian and Aboriginal history at Brock University. Her research examines the health effects of colonialism on Aboriginal people on the prairies. She is currently at work on a study of twentieth-century hospitalization and health care policy for Canadian Aboriginal people.

Lynne Marks

Dr. Marks received her B.A. from the University of Toronto, my M.A. and Ph.D. at York University in Toronto, and has taught at the University of Victoria since 1992. Her work focuses on primarily the social history of religion, and is particularly interested in issues related to religion and gender history.

Marcel Martel

Dr. Martel is currently the holder of the Avie Bennett Historical Chair in Canadian History. He has done research on the institutional relationship between francophone minority groups and Quebec society, examined the growth of French Canadian nationalism and the emergence of Quebec identity and nationalism. More recently, his research has been around public policy and the use of recreational drugs in Canada in the 1960s.

Daniel Samson

Daniel Samson teaches at Brock University. In addition to the Pre-Confederation survey, he teaches upper-year courses on the history of rural societies, the environment, and politics and culture in colonial Canada. He has written works on rural Nova Scotia, and is currently writing about rural elites in British North America.