My Teaching Last Week

30 03 2010

HIST 1407 (Canadian History Survey Course)

My lecture on Monday was about Canadian history from 1984 to 1993. I spoke about the following issues: the pre-1983 career of Brian Mulroney; the 1984 election; the nature of the “Mulroney Coalition”; the 1988 Free Trade election (I showed a clip from the 1998 leaders’ debate); the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords; Elijah Harper; the Oka Crisis; the emergence of the BQ; the Somalia Affair (there are some great images and video clips available online!); the judicial politics of abortion; Canada’s policies towards the apartheid regime in South Africa; Kim Campbell. I also devoted a fair bit of time to the environmental policies of Brian Mulroney because environmental history is one of the themes of this course.

Brian Mulroney in 1984

My lecture on Wednesday was on an even more recent period of history, 1993-2003. My major focus was on the 1995 Referendum and the subsequent Clarity Act and sponsorship programs. I showed video clips from the night of the referendum. The video clips really captivated the attention of the class. Most of students were born in roughly 1991. I also spoke about Jean Chrétien’s life before 1993, Paul Martin’s career as Finance Minister, and NAFTA.

HIST 4165

4th Year Seminar on BNA in the Age of Confederation

Fenian Raid Medal

We listened to five student research presentation this week. A number of students have selected topics related to what one student has called the War on Fenianism in the 1860s.

Fenian Raids Monument, Toronto, 1890

We heard two presentations on the assassination of McGee and a presentation on the Fenian Raids.

Committee of Safety Minutes, 1866, Page 1, Welland, Canada West

We also heard a student present on the impact of railway construction on the town of Stratford Ontario.

Grand Trunk System Map

Perhaps the most entertaining presentation related to the abolition of public capital punishment in Canada in the late 1860s. That student has discovered some great primary sources related to her topic!

A Canadian Hanging


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4 07 2011
Sharon Murphy

Hello Andrew,
Can you point me in the right direction regarding the photo of the 1860’s train and also the old map posted in your blog. I would like to get permission to use them both in a family history book I am producing. Where did you find them, they are great examples and just what I am looking for. Thanks so much for your time, I enjoy your blog.

4 07 2011
andrewdsmith

If you click on a picture, you will see the URL of the souce.

The map is from:

For a train picture, try a keyword search at http://ao.minisisinc.com/scripts/mwimain.dll/144/IMAGES?DIRECTSEARCH.

9 08 2013
Kathleen Moore

NAFTA, by the way, is not a “trade agreement”, it’s a continental restructuring agreement: http://nosnowinmoscow.com/news-clippings/with-nafta-u-s-finally-creates-a-new-world-order-18-july-1993-by-henry-a-kissinger-full-text/

As to Paul Martin, Junior — you should look into his father, Paul Martin, Senior, the card-carrying Communist formerly in Canada’s Senate. Look for him in the featured videos at NoSnowinMoscow.com

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