[[ Reading ]] ➽ How Different It Was Author Michael J. Goodspeed – Anguillais.us

How Different It Was PDF How Different It Was By Michael J Goodspeed Contra Saustall.eu An Enthralling Exploration Of The Lifestyles, Ideas, Habits, Organizations, Customs, Fears, And Aspirations Of Canadians In The Age Of Confederation.Too Often We Think Of Victorian Canada As Dull We Imagine Our Ancestors As Sepia Tinged, Dour, Excruciatingly Respectable Figures Sitting Stiffly In Over Decorated Parlours In How Different It Was, Michael J Goodspeed Changes All That, Bringing To Life The Tumult And Enthusiasm Of Ordinary And Unconventional Canadians From Across The Country And Every Walk Of Life In An Extraordinary Time.The Political Manoeuvring And Power Struggles Of The Decades When Canada Was Emerging As A Nation Are Well Known, But We Are Less Familiar With The Lives And Circumstances Of Everyday Canadians In The Confederation Era How Different It Was Vividly Brings To Life The Lifestyles, Attitudes, Habits, And Mindset Of A Colourful Generation Of Canadians Who Were, In So Many Ways, So Different From Our Own.

[[ Reading ]] ➽ How Different It Was  Author Michael J. Goodspeed – Anguillais.us
  • ebook
  • 192 pages
  • How Different It Was
  • Michael J. Goodspeed
  • 20 July 2018
  • 9781459736962

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  1. says:

    How Different It Was Canadians at the Time of Confederation by Michael J Goodspeed is a snapshot of history Goodspeed is a historian and novelist In addition to a successful writing career, he has been an infantry officer and a manager in high tech firms He has lived and worked across Canada and on several continents.I am not Canadain but grew up eighty miles away from the border I have always found that I knew about Mexican history and Mexican leaders than I did about the Canadian counterparts Growing up, Canada was that quiet neighbor We heard about Margret Trudeau than Pierre Trudeau Canada was a place they spoke English, had better beer, and better fishing I have learned a lot about Canada since the 1970s especially its coming into its own on the world stage after World War I Still, I knew little of how Canada became an independent nation.Reading British accounts of the American Revolution, Britain had little claim by settlement in Canada After the French Indian Wars, Britain was left with a large amount of land and a small population that was mostly French The American Revolution provided settlers in the form of those loyal to the crown moving north Much of the immigration to Canada was from the United States up until the War of 1812 President Polk and his 54 40 campaign over the Oregon Territory was settled peacefully but lead to distrust along the border Canada in the 1860s is ...


  2. says:

    This is an absolutely beautiful book Too often, history books err on two opposing sides of the spectre There are the history books that are so dense and so heavy that you need a dictionary, thesaurus, history professor and a crucifix by your side as you attempt to wade through the thickness And then there are the history books that are overly simplistic, that just cover the basics that everyone already knows, and reiterates the timeline of world history Both of these kinds of books have a time and place But the glorious thing about How Different It Was Canadians at the Time of Confederation is that it examines not the what, not the when, but the who, the why, and the how What I mean by this is that How Different It Was focuses sublimely on how people lived, interacted, what their interests were, how they entertained themselves, how they treated one another, how they treated their animals, etc I think books that delve into how people lived, and why they behaved as they did, are of upmost importance to our society because they bring to life people from history, instead of hiding them beh...


  3. says:

    The blurb led me to expect, in its claim of dramatic description and detail, a lot of primary source quotations from diaries, letters, and written materials of the period.Instead this is a 200 page Wikipedia article covering the history of Canada, with emphasis on the Confederation Considering how much is covered, it s admirably done, but the drama is left to the imagination of the viewer, as Goodspeed quotes statistics.He does an excellent job of sketching an overview of the many peoples who came to Canada to settle, and demonstrates how it s distinctively rural life differed both from British and American models over the years Goodspeed focuses on troubling aspects of Canadian history such as treatment of First Nation peoples, and how long it took to begin to redress this.The part I thought most interesting was the overview of cultural and domestic life the only model I had for Canadian cultural life of the latter nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was L.M Montgomer...


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    I am not a fan of non fiction books I mostly read and love historical novels, history given with a sprinkle of sugar to make it enticing just like in Mary Poppins Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in a most delightful way.However, since it s Canada 150 and I am a Canadian, I decided to take the plunge and revisit and learn about our history I must say, up to Chapter 4, I thought I was back in class and was going to be quizzed on the material and needed to take notes Once this feeling passed, I thoroughly enjoyed the book So many things, we take for granted in our modern lives, we forget all the hardships our forefathers and foremothers went through the English, the French, the Irish, the Scottish, the Chinese and how they lived and interacted with each other Their lives were dictated by survival, they worked long physical hours, no city infrastructure, no electricity, no running water Education was not a priority, the schooling system was defined by the work required on the farms, children had adult responsibilities There was a patriarchal mentality back then We meant...


  5. says:

    How Different It Was Canadians at the time of Confederation by Michael J Goodspeed is a well researched, enjoyable read detailing the daily life of Canadians in the decades stretching from 1840 to 1880 While I m reasonably familiar with Canadian history, this book establishes the social context that our history sprang from Beginning with an outline of the values of the day, Michael Goodspeed first discusses the regions and first peoples both aboriginal and early settlers He then discusses the forces that moved immigrant populations to Canada, focusing on the Irish, the French, and the Scots He examines what made each population unique, and what they had in common He goes on to discuss the large English immigrant population, and the new minorities that also settled this country.Having established who were our predecessors, he then goes on to examine how they lived He looks at rural life, urban life, attitudes, and institutions This is a lively and informative treatment not only at the how, but the why, including the cultural, economic, and political influences of the day.As Canadians, we tend to be smug about...


  6. says:

    This book is just chockablock full of interesting facts and perspectives on Canadians and Canada It has broadened my understanding of where we ve come from and why we are the way we are Most enjoyable, I just wish I could remember all these tidbits of information

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