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Tenants in Time: Family Strategies, Land, and Liberalism in Upper Canada,…
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0773534253, Hardcover)The freeholding pioneer is a powerful image in settlement history - "Tenants in Time" tells a different story. Tenancy, though relegated to the periphery by the liberal idealization of ownership, was a common and vital part of the economy and society. Against a background of international land agitation and using an inter-disciplinary approach, Catharine Wilson looks at life as a tenant farmer, providing new insights into family strategies, land markets, and the growth of liberalism. Using evidence from across Upper Canada, she shows how tenancy transformed the landscape and tied old and new settlers together in a continuum of mutual dependence that was essential to settlement, capital creation, and social mobility.Her analysis of customary rights reveals a landlord-tenant relationship - and a concept of ownership - more complex and flexible than previously understood. Landlords, from ordinary farmers to absentee aristocrats, are also part of the story and the much-criticized clergy reserves take a positive role. An intimate exploration of Cramahe Township follows tenants over the generations as they supported their families and combined liberal ideas with household-centred ways. From aggregate statistics to individual human dramas, "Tenants in Time" unravels the life of the tenant farmer in a wonderfully documented, engaging, and compelling argument.
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2 editions of this book were published by McGill-Queen's University Press.
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