‘Proper Objects of This Institution’: Working Families, Children, and the British & Canadian School in Nineteenth-Century Montreal

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‘Proper Objects of This Institution’: Working Families, Children, and the British & Canadian School in Nineteenth-Century Montreal
Abstract
Established in 1822 for the education of the children of the "labouring class", Montreal's British and Canadian School Society enabled working-class families of various ethnic backgrounds to have their children receive free schooling in a non-denominational setting. In the wake of the rebellions in Lower Canada in 1838 and 1839, and the resulting separation of institutions along religious lines, the school became increasingly identified with the Protestant community. In 1866 the school was formally incorporated into the city's emerging Protestant school system. Despite this apparent loss of its non-denominational character, the school continued to attract substantial numbers of children from Catholic and Jewish families, the latter resulting from an agreement between the synagogues and the school board.
Publication
Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation
Volume
Vol. 20
Issue
no. 2
Pages
22-54
Date
Fall 2008
Language
en
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MacLeod, Roderick, and Mary Anne Poutanen. “‘Proper Objects of This Institution’: Working Families, Children, and the British & Canadian School in Nineteenth-Century Montreal.” Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation Vol. 20, no. 2 (Fall 2008): 22–54. http://historicalstudiesineducation.ca/hse/index.php/edu_hse-rhe/article/view/366.
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