Series: The War of 1812 in Canadian Memory
The War of 1812, Canadian historian Charles Stacey once remarked, is "one of those episodes in history that make everybody happy, because everybody interprets it in his own way." Canadian historian Donald Graves explores this interpretation, and how the War of 1812 exists in Canadian memory.
The War of 1812, Canadian historian Charles Stacey once remarked, is “one of those episodes in history that make everybody happy, because everybody interprets it in his own way.” Read more
By the middle of the 1800s, Ontario, along with most of British North America, had evolved beyond a simple pioneer society and was entering the early stages of industrialization. Concomitant with a concern to provide better educational opportunities for future generations, a wish arose to record the deeds of the past, including those of the War of 1812. Read more
In the Canadian mind of the 1800s, the theme that self-sacrifice lead to Canadian victory in a fight against overwhelming odds was personified in Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, the British general whose heroic death at the battle of Queenston Heights in October 1812 caused him to be termed “the saviour of Upper Canada.” It also led to the construction of the most impressive Canadian memorial of the war. Read more
The centennial of the War of 1812 was celebrated vehemently in Canada with patriotic speeches, celebrations, and the unveiling of memorial tributes. It was a last opportunity for simple celebrations of the past, as great transformation was about to take place. Read more