9780773520530

Popular Politics and Political Culture in Upper Canada, 18001850

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  • ISBN13:

    9780773520530

  • ISBN10:

    0773520538

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-07-01
  • Publisher: McGill Queens Univ Pr

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Summary

Wilton demonstrates that by the 1830s the political energies of Upper Canadians were far more likely to be channelled through petitioning movements than election campaigns. Petitioning movements, which were connected not only with public meetings but with demonstrations and parades, were also increasingly associated with political violence. The resulting assaults, riots, and effigy-burnings - prominent features of Tory governance - not only contributed to the striking political polarization of the population but also helped provoke the Rebellion of 1837. Wilton provides new insights into the careers of leading figures, explores the developing ethnic and religious conflicts in the context of the petitioning movements, and illuminates the question of officially sponsored political violence. Through a thorough examination of primary resources, including a wide range of newspapers, Colonial Office records, published records of the Upper Canadian government, pamphlet literature, and private correspondence, Wilton demonstrates how the province's dissidents challenged established patterns of paternalism, subverted official notions of hierarchy, and promoted the development of an expanded public sphere in ways that had a lasting influence on the province's political culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xi
Illustrations and maps
xii
Introduction 3(18)
Early Upper Canadian Petitioners, 1800--1831
21(34)
The Petitioning Movement of 1831
55(30)
The Expulsion Crisis and the Oppositionist Response
85(30)
Pro-Government Popular Politics, 1832
115(29)
Political Unions and Electoral Organization, 1832--36
144(24)
Popular Politics and the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada
168(26)
The Durham Meetings and Popular Politics in Upper Canada
194(27)
Conclusion 221(14)
Appendices 235(10)
Notes 245(46)
Bibliography 291(14)
Index 305

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