This is an assignment that focuses on does the Canadian entire history boil down to politics. The paper also looks at the various aspects of the Canadian post confederation history.
Write on one of the following topics: 1. Firstly the Department of Canadian Heritage is revising its guidelines for erecting and maintaining commemorative monuments. The deputy minister is turning to you, an expert in post-Confederation history, for advice. Using abundant historical evidence, you decide to weigh in on individuals and moments worthy of commemoration—if any. How is the Department to navigate the contested terrain of Canadian historical memory? 2. Secondly at a family gathering, your grumpy uncle Ted drags up the old cliché that “history is past politics and also politics [is] present history.” As an expert in post-Confederation history, you step in to share your view.
Does all of Canadian history boil down to politics—or do politics fail to capture aspects of Canada’s past? Optional: Consider discussing the importance (or unimportance) of war in understanding Canada’s past. 3. While reading your local newspaper, you find an article by some big wig who declares that “Canada has always been an American nation.” This reminds you of events and documents you encountered on your journey to becoming an expert in post-Confederation history. You decide to send the newspaper’s editor a lengthy letter to share your thoughts on this enduring question.
Also, remember that there is no right or wrong answer; a strong paper will utilize strong evidence to build a persuasive case. Regardless of the topic you choose, you must abide by the guidelines on the last page of 3 this syllabus. Develop a clear argument and support it with primary and secondary sources alike. Avoid “I” and “we” and also use an impartial style. Your paper should be 1,500 to 1,800 words in length, double-spaced, written in 12-point Times New Roman (or a similar font). One-inch margins please. Cite appropriately.