By R. Douglas Francis, Chris Kitzan, Doug Owram, Laurence Kitzan, Matthew Wrangler, David Hall, Sarah Carter, Anthony W. Rasporich, Bill Waiser, Randi Warne, Bradford J. Rennie, Catherine A. Cavanaugh, Steve Hewitt, George Melnyk, Michael Fedyk, Brett Fairba
So the brand of the West
Our brilliant Maple Leaf is bless'd
To its young children of the goodly open hand;
All the international locations of the earth
Are now studying of its worth
And are flocking to this filthy rich, promised land. - The Sugar Maple Tree music, 1906
In 1906, the Sugar Maple Tree track used to be only one instance of the rhapsodic items that touted the Prairie West because the "promised land." within the adolescence of agricultural cost from the overdue 19th century to the 1st international struggle, the Canadian executive, besides the railways and different Prairie boosters, additional built and propagated this snapshot in the broadly dispensed promotional literature that was once used to draw hundreds of thousands of immigrants to the Canadian West from all corners of the realm. a few observed the Prairies as a fantastic position to create a Utopian society; others seized the opportunity to take regulate in their personal destinies in a brand new and fascinating position. identical to the West as a spot of unbridled prosperity and chance turned the dominant notion of the area at the moment. throughout the interwar and post-World battle II eras, this picture was once wondered and challenged, even if now not solely changed, hence exhibiting its pervasive influence.The Prairie West as Promised Land is staff of essays, which include contributions from a number of the best-known Prairie historians in addition to probably the most promising new students within the box, explores this chronic subject matter in Prairie background and makes an immense contribution to the historiography of the Canadian West.
With Contributions By:
Catherine A. Cavanaugh
R. Douglas Francis
Anthony W. Rasporich
Bradford J. Rennie
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The Papers of the Palliser Expedition, 1857–1860 (Toronto: Champlain Society, 1968), “Introduction,” xxiii, xxi. , xxi. Earl of Southesk, Saskatchewan and the Rocky Mountains (London, 1875), xxxii. Public Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Schultz Papers, vol. 16, Henry McKenney to Schultz, March 22, 1859. The relative youthfulness of this group is easy to demonstrate: William Buckingham was 26 when he moved to Red River; William Colldwell, 24; Alexander Begg, 30; Thomas Spence, 34; Charles Mair, 31.
1865), 4. Canadian Journal (March 1861), 175. Charles Mair, “The New Canada: Its Natural Features and Climate [Part 1],” Canadian Monthly and National Review 8 (July 1875): 1–8, 1. Southesk, Saskatchewan and the Rocky Mountains, 13; Viscount Milton and W. B. Cheadle, The North-West Passage by Land (London, 1865), 98. Hind, Narrative, I, 70–2. Hind, T. C. Keefer, J. G. Hodgins, Charles Robb, M. H. Perley, and Rev. W. Murray, Eighty Years’ Progress of British North America (Toronto, 1863), 88. Hind, North-West Territory, 52, 44.
For them, the years between 1857 and 1869 simply brought conﬁrmation of the belief that Canada’s route to greatness was through the opening and settlement of the North West. ” “Far behind him are his glorious and old native province, the unsullied freedom of the North, the generous and untiring breed of men. ” Mair’s description of man’s movement onto the prairies contained within it the expansionist vision of Canadian development. ”74 The image of the Prairie West as a Promised Land was established, to be projected in later writings on the region, and then, by the mid-twentieth century, challenged.
The Prairie West As Promised Land by R. Douglas Francis, Chris Kitzan, Doug Owram, Laurence Kitzan, Matthew Wrangler, David Hall, Sarah Carter, Anthony W. Rasporich, Bill Waiser, Randi Warne, Bradford J. Rennie, Catherine A. Cavanaugh, Steve Hewitt, George Melnyk, Michael Fedyk, Brett Fairba