Radical History: Women in Lower Canada, 1832

As we discussed in class, Canadian history is often told from the perspective of white men – the predominant writers of history in the last 200 years. But how does history change when we start asking different questions? Howard Zinn discusses this in his article What is Radical History, and suggests that if we ask questions from a different perspective, we find answers that have not been addressed before.


Photo from Rethinking Canada, 6th edition, by Gleason, Meyers, and Perry (2006).

What if we asked questions about the role of women in Canadian History? Let’s start!!

Here is an article by Bettina Bradbury entitled Women at the Hustings. It is an account of women’s participation inn the 1832 election in Montreal, which arguably, was one of the most contentious and violent in Canadian history. Not only was this about class, but certainly about gender.

What does this article suggest about the role of women in 1832 and what does it suggest about the doing of history in terms of including all perspectives?

Holiday Links!


Photo from uniqueworksofart.com


Here are some links that I put together over the holidays. Enjoy and please add via the comment section.

Make your own info graphics: http://infogr.am/

Test your world geo: http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20131206-how-well-do-you-know-the-world-play-geoguessr-to-find-out

12 Maps that Changed the World: http://m.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/12/12-maps-that-changed-the-world/282666/

History of Middle East peace Talks: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11103745

Aljazeera Interactive 2013 Timeline: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2013/12/interactive-2013-review-timeline-2013122613440394304.html

Embed your Prezi’s into WordPress: http://wordprezi.appspot.com/

The Biggest Scientific  Moments of 2013: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/technology-video/video-the-biggest-scientific-moments-from-2013/article15800839/

100 Things we didn’t know last year: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-25298982

The best ads of 2013: http://m.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/marketing/the-best-ads-of-2013/article16058929/?service=mobile

9 articles on Education from the Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/12/vacation-reading-9-great-education-articles-from-2013/282614/

20 Best  PechuKuchas of 2013: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=653806645635897528907700f&id=f05c3f1248&e=6291ba9c4a

Best space images of 2013: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23691292

How-to-teach resources 2013 (The Guardian): http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/dec/31/how-to-teach-resources-best-2013

Statistics Canada’s stats for holiday consumption (yikes): http://www42.statcan.gc.ca/smr08/2013/smr08_181_2013-eng.htm?WT.mc_id=twtZ1647

Infographics from the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/digital-agency/data-visualisation

BBC’s Interactives: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/11628973

Democracy Now – Year end review 2013: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/1/2013_in_review_power_politics_and

Chomsky’s Media Control: http://library.uniteddiversity.coop/Media_and_Free_Culture/Noam_Chomsky-Media_Control.pdf

Map: Girls not in Post-Secondary: http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=202

The known Universe in six minutes: http://tinyurl.com/62776hq

Norma Hall’s site of Provisional Government: http://hallnjean2.wordpress.com/

Social History of Women in Canada syllabus: http://history.uwo.ca/undergraduate/Docs/Outlines/2013-14/2182B-001.pdf

Woman and History: Rethinking Canada: http://www.chashcacommittees-comitesa.ca/ccwh-cchf/en/resources/resources/syllabi_assets/Echevarria09.pdf