The Importance of Being English: English Ethnic Culture in Montreal, c.1800–1864

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The Importance of Being English: English Ethnic Culture in Montreal, c.1800–1864
Abstract
The author examines English ethnic culture in Montreal during the period from 1800 to 1864, focusing not only on commemorations and ethnic festivals but also on sporting activities that helped bring together English immigrants from Britain. She describes how Montreal's ethnic English population utilised public events to display their Englishness for the purpose of expressing shared roots, and suggests that Saint George's Day celebration was a direct response to the ethnic composition of Montreal drawn upon by English migrants in the face of an increasingly vocal French population. The author also considers how the emerging expressions of Englishness served to cement community ties in a city with a large proportion of French–speaking Canadians.
Book Title
Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010
Place
Liverpool, England
Publisher
Liverpool University Press
Date
2012
Pages
100-117
Language
en
Citation
Leitch, Gillian I. “The Importance of Being English: English Ethnic Culture in Montreal, c.1800–1864.” In Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010, edited by Tanja Bueltmann, David T. Gleeson, and Donald M. MacRaild, 100–117. Liverpool, England: Liverpool University Press, 2012.
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