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BOOK - In Duty Bound, Men, Women, and the State in Upper Canada, 1783-1841     (Ontario)
By J. K. Johnson
Published by McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2014

Softcover... 32.95 (C$)

An exploration of state records and the forgotten people of Upper Canada.

In Duty Bound is an unprecedented look at Upper Canada's forgotten people and the ways in which their lives were by necessity bound in a mutual relationship of duty and obligation to the Upper Canadian state.

This neglected area of Canada's history has been preserved, in part, in the form of personal petitions submitted to the lieutenant-governor and legislature for land, government jobs, pensions, pardons and the lessening of court sentences, for compensation for damages done by, or work done for, the state, and for relief. Using these and other previously unexamined government records, J.K. Johnson illustrates that, popular knowledge aside, Upper Canada was not simply a land of self-sufficient farmers and artisans and that many had to turn to and rely on the state for their livelihoods.

The major themes of Upper Canada's history, from war and rebellion to immigration and settlement, are well-documented. In Duty Bound fleshes out the lives of ordinary people in Upper Canada and clarifies how several branches of government worked for, or against, the interests of the population.

Contents include
  • Map, Figures, and Tables
  • Abbreviations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction

  • 1 Getting Land
  • 2 Working for the Government
  • 3 Tapping the Public Purse
  • 4 Pensions and Pensioners
  • 5 Schools, Teachers, and Trustees
  • 6 Getting into Trouble
  • 7 Getting Help
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • "in Duty Bound is a delight to read, written in a style that carries the reader along without losing any of the nuances or strengths of the analysis. It will become an essential part of the library of all scholars of Upper Canada and indeed or nineteenth century British America and Canada".
    ELIZABETH JANE ERRINCTON, Department of History, Queen's University

  • "In Duty Bound is by far the most significant source on relations between the Upper Canadian state and 'ordinary' settlers".
    COLIN READ, Department of History, Huron University College at Western University
About the author:
  • J .K. JOHNSON is professor emeritus of history at Carleton University and the author of Becoming Prominent: Regional Leadership in Upper Canada, 1791-1841.
304 pages
6 X 9"
Notes Bibliography Index
Published by McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-7735-4278-5

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