Uniting in Measures of Common Good: The Construction of Liberal Identities in Central Canada, 1830-1900

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Ferry examines a wide selection of voluntary societies—mechanics' institutes, mutual benefit organizations, agricultural associations, temperance societies, and literary and scientific associations. He reinterprets the history of these organizations in terms of their own internal tensions over liberal doctrines and the effect of social, cultural, and economic change and compares the effects of liberalism on rural and urban associations and on societies in both English and French Canada.

Anchored with an array of archival documentation—minute books, lectures, associational periodicals, personal papers, pamphlets, and tracts—Uniting in Measures of Common Good illuminates the experience of ordinary Canadians withi the voluntary association movement and as well as the relations of the movement with the larger liberal society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773534230
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 433
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Ferry teaches history at McMaster University and Nipissing University.
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Table of Contents

1 For a More Enlightened Citizenry 20

2 Small-Town Mechanics' Institutes 62

3 Continuity and Change in Temperance Societies 95

4 "A Spirit or Candour, Moderation and Open Generosity" 136

5 Elevating the Cultivators of the Soil 170

6 The Dominion Grange and Patrons of Industry 215

7 A Feast of Popularized Science and Literature 243

Notes 291

Bibliography 381

Index 423

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