Further reading:

A growing body of historical literature deals with many different aspects of the Confederation era. For the politics leading up to and following Confederation, the following books are useful:

  • J.M.S. Careless, The Union of the Canadas: The Growth of Canadian Institutions, 1841-1857 (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1967).
  • W.L. Morton, The Critical Years: The Union of British North America, 1857–1873 (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1964).
  • P.B. Waite, Canada, 1874–1896: Arduous Destiny (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1971)

To supplement these with more recent studies of Canada’s founding fathers, see:

  • Richard Gwyn, John A.: The Man Who Made Us: The Life and Times of John A. Macdonald (Toronto: Random House Canada, 2007).
  • Brian Young, George-Étienne Cartier: Montreal Bourgeois (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1981).
  • David A. Wilson, Thomas D’Arcy McGee (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008).
  • Peter B. Waite, The Man from Halifax: Sir John Thompson, Prime Minister (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985).

For information on Canada’s economic development, see:

  • Kenneth Norrie, et al, A History of the Canadian Economy (Toronto: Nelson Thomson, 2008).
  • R. Louis Gentilcore, ed., Historical Atlas of Canada II: The Land Transformed, 1800–1891 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993).
  • Cohen, Marjorie Griffin, Women’s Work, Markets, and Economic Development in Nineteenth-Century Ontario (Toronto: University of Toronto, 1988
  • Albert Faucher, Québec en Amérique au XIXe : essai sur les caractères économiques de la Laurentie (Montréal, Fides, 1973)

For an exploration of social and leisure pursuits, see:

  • Alan Metcalfe, Canada Learns to Play: The Emergence of Organized Sport, 1807–1914 (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1987).
  • Lynne Marks, Revivals and Roller Rinks: Religion, Leisure, and Identity in Late-Nineteenth-Century Small-Town Ontario (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996).