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. Volume IX Number 13 . . . . February 28, 2003
Averaging 24 chapters, plus a glossary and an index, each of the series’ titles focuses on a period in Canada’s history and the events and people that shaped the country. The text includes first-hand accounts and quotations as well as sidebars and text boxes which provide additional information and explain, in greater detail, some of the main concepts or terminology used. Paintings, archival photographs, maps, time lines, and flow charts contribute to readers’ understanding of the events and the times in which they took place. A quiz, comprised of multiple-choice questions, mix-and-match questions and time lines, appears at the back of each book along with a list of suggested reading materials and internet resources for further study. The first volume, The Dawn of Canada, provides information about early Aboriginal peoples in each part of the country. Viking exploration and the search for the Northwest Passage by several explorers and the meeting of the Aboriginal and European cultures are also featured. New France and the Fur Trade covers the period from Samuel de Champlain’s travels to Canada in the early 1600s to Alexander Mackenzie’s exploration with the North West Company in the late 1700s. The influence of missionaries, the growth of settlements in New France and the role played by the Voyageurs and the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada’s development are highlighted. Revolution, War and the Loyalists discusses the importance of Acadia, the rise of cities, the lifestyle of the people and the many wars that were fought between the French and the British. Rebellion and Union in the Canadas features the hardships and growing pains endured by the people as the country struggled with the formation of governments. Westward expansion, the debate over Confederation, and Louis Riel and the Metis are just a few of the topics covered in Confederation and the West Finally, A Nation’s First Steps takes readers from the time of Confederation to the building of the railroad and the settling of the west. In this volume, topics range from treaties to the North West Rebellion and the kind of society in which people lived. The injustices to women and children in the industrial revolution are also discussed. Worthy of purchase, this series offers readers an insight into the historical times and events of the day.
Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian at Bird’s Hill School in East St. Paul, Manitoba.
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