The Crisis of 1830-1842 in Canadian-American Relations

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PREFACE

THE decade of the 1830's has been regarded in the history of British North America as chiefly one in which the conflict over self-government came to a head. The Canadian rebellions have been explained therefore in terms almost exclusively of domestic and imperial problems in the Canadas. As between British North America and the United States the 1830's have been regarded mainly in terms of the troublesome Northeastern boundary dispute between Maine and New Brunswick. Actually these two approaches present a limited picture of Canadian history and throw out of perspective the consequences of the Canadian rebellions in British-American and Canadian-American relations. It is the purpose of this book to provide a perspective which accords more nearly with the actual importance of this period. Hence the title, "The Crisis of 1830-1842 in Canadian-American Relations."

My obligations to others for assistance, encouragement, and advice are very great. The most helpful of all has been my wife. To her this book is dedicated in gratitude for her patience and devotion to the cause of scholarship. I have leaned with varying degrees of weight upon Professors H. Donaldson Jordan of Clark University, Allan Nevins of Columbia University, Charles P. Stacey of Princeton University, and my colleagues Howard William Crocker, Clarence Hurd Gaines, Richard Lyle Power, and Henry Reiff at St. Lawrence. I am grateful for the courteous assistance given me by Dr. Gustav Lanctot and Mr. Norman Fee of the Public Archives of Canada, and by the staffs of the Archives of the Department of State, the Manuscript Room of the Library of Congress, and the American Antiquarian Society. I am particularly indebted to Professor Reginald G. Trotter of Queen's University for aid in more directions than he is ever likely to realize, and to Professor J. Bartlet Brebner of Columbia University whose advice and counsel have been as gladly received as they were generously given. Every page bears evidence of the painstaking effort of Mr. Arthur E. McFarlane of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. And finally, I am glad to express a deep sense of obligation to Dr. James T. Shotwell for many kindnesses, not the least of which has been his assistance in making possible the completion of this book.

ALBERT B. COREY

Canton, N. Y. March, 1941.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Introduction ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Contents xv
  • Maps xvi
  • Abbreviations xvii
  • Chapter I - The Setting: Countries and Peoples 1
  • Chapter II - Before the Rebellions 7
  • Chapter III - The Border in Ferment 27
  • Chapter IV - Curbing the Patriots 44
  • Chapter V - Rise of the Secret Societies 70
  • Chapter VI - Crosscurrents of Opinion 82
  • Chapter VII - Military and Naval Problems: Policy and Practice 102
  • Chapter VIII - The Hunters Try Again 113
  • Chapter IX - The Mcleod Case 130
  • Chapter X - National Defense 146
  • Chapter XI - The Webster Ashburton Treaty 158
  • Conclusion 183
  • Bibliography 185
  • Index 193
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