Catalogue


A few acres of snow : documents in pre-confederation Canadian history /
edited by Thomas Thorner ; with Thor Frohn-Nielsen.
edition
3rd ed.
imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2009.
description
xviii, 318 p.
ISBN
9781442600294 :
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imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2009.
isbn
9781442600294 :
general note
First ed. published 1997 under title: "A few acres of snow" : documents in Canadian history, 1577-1867.
catalogue key
6941750
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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This edition builds upon the two previous efforts with several very useful additions. The opening essay on reading primary documents will inspire students to use the critical skills needed to analyze the readings. The new section on the War of 1812 will appeal to the many undergraduates who are fascinated by this war and by military history in general. Another update that is powerful in its subtlety is the use of cursive font for chapter titles, an effective reminder for students that these documents were not originally created in the neat and tidy format readily available in this edited collection. The most important additions, though, are the biographical details of the documents' authors. This vital background will be of great use to students seeking a wider historical context for the primary sources.
The only way that one can properly teach undergraduates the story(ies) of Canada is to expose them to the sources both oral and written. This invaluable volume of documents tells many of these early histories. Thomas Thorner's third edition of A Few Acres of Snowis most welcome for teachers and students of Canadian history alike. The coverage is now extremely thorough, incorporating all time periods, themes, and issues including a judicious blend of political, economic, social, multicultural, immigration, and Indigenous histories. Included are a comprehensive list of further readings and issues for discussion.
"The only way that one can properly teach undergraduates the story(ies) of Canada is to expose them to the sources both oral and written. This invaluable volume of documents tells many of these early histories. Thomas Thorner's third edition of A Few Acres of Snowis most welcome for teachers and students of Canadian history alike. The coverage is now extremely thorough, incorporating all time periods, themes, and issues including a judicious blend of political, economic, social, multicultural, immigration and Indigenous histories. At the end of each chapter, there is a comprehensive list of further readings and issues for discussion." David McNab, York University
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A Few Acres of Snow allows readers to experience early Canadian history in the words of those who first explored, created, and documented the nation. Providing coast-to-coast representation and featuring a diverse range of social groups, the editors offer a refreshing look at the major events leading up to and including Confederation. Throughout, they rely on a careful selection of personal, formal, and legal documents to tell the story, including early travel narratives, literary writings by Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Trail, government reports on slavery in Canada, official letters on Irish immigration, and newspaper articles and speeches on the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867.In this trim new edition, each document is introduced with biographical information about the creator. Brand new chapters discuss the Loyalists in Nova Scotia, the War of 1812, and the Beothuk. Also new is a guide to critically reading and engaging with historical documents.

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