French Canada and the American Civil War

 Professor D.C. Bélanger (University of Ottawa)

When   Wednesday 24 October 2012  18.30 – 21.00
Where   Conference Centre, British Library
Price   £7.50 / £5 concessions ~~ Book at http://boxoffice.bl.uk

Recent celebrations have defined the War of 1812 as foundational to the Canadian experience, but another 19th-century conflict, the American Civil War, had a far more profound impact on Canada, leading most notably to the Confederation in 1867.

Professor Bélanger will focus on the Civil War’s effect on French Canada and on the French-speaking communities of the American Northeast. It will examine how the conflict was perceived in French Canada, its impact on Québec’s political and economic destiny, and the factors that motivated several thousand French Canadians to serve in the Union forces.

D.C. Bélanger is co-founder of Mens, Quebec’s journal of intellectual and cultural history. The University of Toronto Press recently published his monograph, Prejudice and Pride: Canadian Intellectuals Confront the United States, 1891-1945.

Hosted by the Quebec Government Office, in collaboration with the British Library Eccles Centre

There will be a reception after the lecture.

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