Rebellion or Revolution?

Discussion Questions

  1. Studying documents one and two, what were the central issues that fueled the events in 1837 Lower Canada?
  2. To what extent were these grievances shaped by Canadiens’ perceptions of empire?
  3. When Lord Durham arrived in the colony following the conflict, he argued that the problems stemmed from “two nations warring in the bosom of a single state.” Was he correct in this assessment?
  4. To what extent is it useful to examine these events with a focus on gender, class, race, religion, ability or sexuality?
  5. To what extent can we link these ideas to broader ideas about political liberty circulating around the Atlantic Ocean in the early nineteenth century? Is there merit in considering these events as a failed revolution rather than a rebellion?