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How Different It Was [Read] ➳ How Different It Was ➯ Michael J. Goodspeed – An enthralling exploration of the lifestyles ideas habits organizations customs fears and aspirations of Canadians in the age of ConfederationToo often we think of Victorian Canada as dull We imagine An enthralling exploration of the lifestyles ideas habits organizations customs fears and aspirations of Canadians in the age of ConfederationToo often we think of Victorian Canada as dull We imagine our ancestors as sepia tinged dour excruciatingly respectable figures sitting stiffly in over decorated parlours In How Different It Was Michael J Goodspeed changes all that bringing to life the tumult and enthusiasm of ordinary and unconventional Canadians — from across the country and every walk of life — in an extraordinary timeThe political manoeuvring and power struggles of the decades How Different eBook õ when Canada was emerging as a nation are well known but we are less familiar with the lives and circumstances of everyday Canadians in the Confederation era How Different It Was vividly brings to life the lifestyles attitudes habits and mindset of a colourful generation of Canadians who were in so many ways so different from our own.

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  1. Damaris Bredin Damaris Bredin says:

    This is an absolutely beautiful book Too often history books err on two opposing sides of the spectre There are the history books that are so dense and so heavy that you need a dictionary thesaurus history professor and a crucifix by your side as you attempt to wade through the thickness And then there are the history books that are overly simplistic that just cover the basics that everyone already knows and reiterates the timeline of world history Both of these kinds of books have a time and place But the glorious thing about How Different It Was Canadians at the Time of Confederation is that it examines not the what not the when but the who the why and the how What I mean by this is that How Different It Was focuses sublimely on how people lived interacted what their interests were how they entertained themselves how they treated one another how they treated their animals etc I think books that delve into how people lived and why they behaved as they did are of upmost importance to our society because they bring to life people from history instead of hiding them behind numbers and statisticsHere are a few super interesting facts I learned from How Different It Was Canadians at the Time of Confederation Did you know that it wasn’t until the American revolution that large numbers of English speaking immigrants began to settle in Canada? Or that shortly before 1967 Canada's entire population was only a little bigger than the entire population of London? How about that during the American Civil War parades were held in Saint John NB to celebrate Southern Confederate victories? Or lanes and alleyways were not introduced to Canada until the 1840s? And a personal favourite of mine our very first prime minister John A MacDonald actually introduced legislation to give women the vote way back in 1885Further there are some really great pictures in How Different It Was There are some gems that I have never seen before and they were carefully chosen to give you a glimpse into Canadian confederation lifeIn closing How Different It Was Canadians at the Time of Confederation is a must read for any Canadian history buff like myself It is informative educational and interesting but over it brings Canadians at the time of confederation to life which is something every Canadian today can benefit from As the great Cicero once said To know nothing about what happened before you were born is to remain a child forever

  2. Sherwood Smith Sherwood Smith says:

    The blurb led me to expect in its claim of dramatic description and detail a lot of primary source uotations from diaries letters and written materials of the periodInstead this is a 200 page Wikipedia article covering the history of Canada with emphasis on the Confederation Considering how much is covered it's admirably done but the drama is left to the imagination of the viewer as Goodspeed uotes statisticsHe does an excellent job of sketching an overview of the many peoples who came to Canada to settle and demonstrates how it's distinctively rural life differed both from British and American models over the years Goodspeed focuses on troubling aspects of Canadian history such as treatment of First Nation peoples and how long it took to begin to redress thisThe part I thought most interesting was the overview of cultural and domestic life the only model I had for Canadian cultural life of the latter nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was LM Montgomery's journals and books And every aspect that Goodspeed described resonated exactly with what I'd read right down to funeral customs and the division of labor on farmsI recommend this book to anyone who would like a modern view of Canadian history and how that nation developed its distinctive combination of culturesCopy provided courtesy of NetGalley

  3. Lyne Lyne says:

    I am not a fan of non fiction books I mostly read and love historical novels history given with a sprinkle of sugar to make it enticing just like in Mary Poppins “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in a most delightful way”However since it’s Canada 150 and I am a Canadian I decided to take the plunge and revisit and learn about our history I must say up to Chapter 4 I thought I was back in class and was going to be uizzed on the material and needed to take notes Once this feeling passed I thoroughly enjoyed the book So many things we take for granted in our modern lives we forget all the hardships our forefathers and foremothers went through the English the French the Irish the Scottish the Chinese and how they lived and interacted with each other Their lives were dictated by survival they worked long physical hours no city infrastructure no electricity no running water Education was not a priority the schooling system was defined by the work reuired on the farms children had adult responsibilities There was a patriarchal mentality back then We meant well with our treatment of the First Nations however we never bothered to take into consideration their needs and wants What we did was outright cruel and we do owe them It has taken many years to recognize this and I hope we are able to right the wrong and uickly As we see and read in the book Canada is forever changing and as Canadians we adapt I hope and thank all our forefathersmothers all our First Nations all our different nationalities that makes Canada the country it is right now May we live in peace tolerance and acceptance of each otherI thank the author for a well written book It has given me an insight and understanding to our past Well worth the read even if it didn’t have my sugar

  4. Joseph Spuckler Joseph Spuckler says:

    How Different It Was Canadians at the Time of Confederation by Michael J Goodspeed is a snapshot of history Goodspeed is a historian and novelist In addition to a successful writing career he has been an infantry officer and a manager in high tech firms He has lived and worked across Canada and on several continentsI am not Canadain but grew up eighty miles away from the border I have always found that I knew about Mexican history and Mexican leaders than I did about the Canadian counterparts Growing up Canada was that uiet neighbor We heard about Margret Trudeau than Pierre Trudeau Canada was a place they spoke English had better beer and better fishing I have learned a lot about Canada since the 1970s especially its coming into its own on the world stage after World War I Still I knew little of how Canada became an independent nationReading British accounts of the American Revolution Britain had little claim by settlement in Canada After the French Indian Wars Britain was left with a large amount of land and a small population that was mostly French The American Revolution provided settlers in the form of those loyal to the crown moving north Much of the immigration to Canada was from the United States up until the War of 1812 President Polk and his 54' 40 campaign over the Oregon Territory was settled peacefully but lead to distrust along the border Canada in the 1860s is interesting in that it paralleled American history in some ways and was vastly different in others Proximity to America did not create a carbon copy of its neighbor Railroads did join both countries but Canadians considered themselves British and Americans considered themselves separated In general Canada was much tolerant of race and native peoples than most countries founded in expanding empires Goodspeed goes into detail of the development of both urban and rural areas contrasting the differences between regions Big city life had its problems like euine traffic jams Dredging and canal work moved the center of trade in uebec from uebec City to MontrealGoodspeed shows the consolidation of territories and people to make what is today Canada The process that started with four provinces in 1867 became recognizable as modern Canada by 1905 Newfoundland and Nunavut joining later Canada during the confederation period is of a collection of histories than a single history As difficult as growing into a new nation can be Canda managed to join with surprisingly less violence than other countries in the West An interesting history well worth reading

  5. Jon Slater Jon Slater says:

    How Different It Was Canadians at the time of Confederation by Michael J Goodspeed is a well researched enjoyable read detailing the daily life of Canadians in the decades stretching from 1840 to 1880 While I’m reasonably familiar with Canadian history this book establishes the social context that our history sprang from Beginning with an outline of the values of the day Michael Goodspeed first discusses the regions and first peoples – both aboriginal and early settlers He then discusses the forces that moved immigrant populations to Canada focusing on the Irish the French and the Scots He examines what made each population uniue and what they had in common He goes on to discuss the large English immigrant population and the new minorities that also settled this countryHaving established who were our predecessors he then goes on to examine how they lived He looks at rural life urban life attitudes and institutions This is a lively and informative treatment not only at the how but the why including the cultural economic and political influences of the dayAs Canadians we tend to be smug about our national mythology Michael Goodspeed doesn’t let us off easily He shows the leaders and citizens of the day with all their faults as well as their finer attributes He outlines John A MacDonald’s abysmal almost genocidal treatment of the first nations although he’s clear that this treatment was not only MacDonald’s responsibility With an even hand he discusses how this same leader was an early advocate for extending the vote to women introducing legislation in 1885 He was ahead of his time; the bill was never passed and it was only in 1921 that women had the right to vote in federal electionsThere are similar insights offered through the book making it a treat to read Five stars Highly recommended

  6. Stephanie Bryant Stephanie Bryant says:

    This book is just chockablock full of interesting facts and perspectives on Canadians and Canada It has broadened my understanding of where we've come from and why we are the way we are Most enjoyable I just wish I could remember all these tidbits of information

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