Elsbeth Heaman (McGill University) “Making History in 1860s Canada” (Library Lecture) Public lecture given on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Federation

Event

McLennan Library Building Colgate Room, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA

The statesmen who wrote the Constitutional Act of 1867 knew that they were making history. What did it mean to make history; what lessons did “History” hold for the discerning? The lecture will explore the relationship between Scottish-Enlightenment narratives of civilization, British constitutional history, English-French perplexities, and the peculiarly illiberal governance of Indigenous peoples in 1860s Canada.