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Did Confederation have more of a negative or Positive affect?

Gender and the Confederation debates

Gender and the Confederation debates

This article was written by Kathryn McPherson. In the article she talks about how women didn’t have much of a role in confederation. Queen Victoria, a woman who the whole plan was going to be presented to, was mentioned less than 24 times in the full text of the debates. In this article Kathryn McPherson is talking about women's rights in the time of confederation. She talks about how upper class women could influence their husbands but this didn’t mean they had any political power. As for lower class women, they had no power or influence at all. The few times women were mentioned, it had very little to do with politics and Confederation itself. The author does not show bias, even though she is a woman writing about women’s rights. Confederation was negative for a lot of people because it was to exclusive to white men. This is a good source to read because it goes in deep about women’s place in politics and the public sphere before, during, and after Confederation, and uses many sources as evidence.

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explore the legacies of confederation

explore the legacies of confederation

This video features an archaeologist, a zoological curator, and a historian talking about an exhibit at the Manitoba Museum called “Legacies of Confederation: A New Look at Manitoba History.” The exhibit and video focus on the perspective of the Native population of Manitoba. The perspective in the video is not positive or negative, but it points out that there were downsides to Confederation, particularly for Native people. It says that there were people living in Manitoba before Confederation, and that Confederation was not the first interaction between settlers and Native culture in Manitoba. There had been treaties signed by the two populations, and trading between them had been going on for a long time before Confederation. With Confederation came many settlers, and this greatly changed the landscape and wildlife of Manitoba. For example, the grassland turned into farmland, and animals such as the Greater Prairie Chicken and White-Tailed Deer came up at the same time as the settlers and were able to make a home in the new farmland. This is presented as neither a bad nor a good thing. On the other hand, the government claimed land without respecting the rights of the people living there already. The people in this video do not show bias. This a good secondary source because it presents a balanced perspective: it points out the positive and the negative sides of Manitoba being settled after Confederation, without picking sides. It informs the viewer but lets them decide for themselves whether or not Confederation was good or bad.

canadashistory.ca
Commission evaluating Confederation in Newfoundland - CBC Archives

Commission evaluating Confederation in Newfoundland - CBC Archives

The perspective in this video are Newfoundlanders from Harbour Breton.
CBC’s Linda Kalbert reports on what people in that community are saying. One thing that everyone is clearly saying is that confederation was negative. One thing the article tells you about is how the people of Harbour Breton Newfoundland like there traditions. One of their traditions is ladies auxiliary card night. This is a time when people can talk about stuff, but the main thing they talk about is politics. Many people were upset about confederation and wanted a re-vote. The article also tells you about how Newfoundland has the highest unemployment rate in the country. Over all the article says that confederation was negative.

cbc.ca