Using archival sources, novels, government reports, and works on tourism and heritage, Ian McKay and Robin Bates look at how state planners, key politicians, and cultural figures such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, long-time premier Angus L. Macdonald, and novelist Thomas Raddall were all instrumental in forming “tourism/history.” The authors argue that Longfellow’s 1847 poem Evangeline – on the brutal British expulsion of Acadians from Nova Scotia – became a template a new kind of profit-making history that exalted whiteness and excluded ethnic minorities, women, and working class movements. A remarkable look at the intersection of politics, leisure, and the presentation of public history, In the Province of History is a revealing account of how a region has both used and distorted its own past.
|Publisher:||McGill-Queens University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Ian McKay is a professor in the Department of History at Queen's University. Robin Bates is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.