The Emergence of Academies in the Eastern Townships of Lower Canada and the Invisibility of the Canada-U.S. Border

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Title
The Emergence of Academies in the Eastern Townships of Lower Canada and the Invisibility of the Canada-U.S. Border
Abstract
By examining the emergence of academies along the borderland of the United States and Quebec's Eastern Townships of Lower Canada in the nineteenth century, the author highlights American influences and innovations that contributed to the development of schooling in the region. The author points out that when American settlers arrived in the wake of the American Revolution, they began to re-establish the familiar social and cultural institutions that they had left behind in the Thirteen Colonies. Among those institutions were academies based on the New England model. The author notes that academies in the Eastern Townships emulated the culture of New England academies in four major ways: organizational structure; curriculum; the use of American books; and, reliance on American teachers. The author argues that by examining American influences on education, we may better situate the history of Quebec education in its continental context, and may better understand the trends that have shaped the common experience of schooling on both sides of the border.
Publication
Historical Studies in Education/Revue d'histoire de l'éducation
Volume
Vol. 27
Issue
no. 2
Pages
78-94
Date
Fall 2015
Language
en
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Citation
Di Mascio, Anthony. “The Emergence of Academies in the Eastern Townships of Lower Canada and the Invisibility of the Canada-U.S. Border.” Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation Vol. 27, no. 2 (Fall 2015): 78–94. http://historicalstudiesineducation.ca/index.php/edu_hse-rhe/article/view/4417.
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