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Historical Writing on "Seven Oaks": The Assertion of Anglo-Canadian Cultural Dominance in the West, The Forks and the Battle of Seven Oaks in Manitoba History

Dick, Lyle

This paper reflects on other writings, or historiographical literature, of the events at Seven Oaks or La Grenouillère, and of the Red River. The main writing considered is a pamphlet distributed by the Manitoba Historical Society in 1891, composed by two authors, one of whom was an academic, George Bryce, and the other, amateur Charles N. Bell. The two interpretations were different in many ways, from opinion to writing style. Other contributors to the recording of events mentioned are William Bachelor Coltman, Pierre Falcon (Chanson de la Grenouillère) and W.L. Morton. Photographs are included. There is a note at the end, stating this paper was an abridged version of an article “The Seven Oaks Incident and the Construction of a Historical Tradition, 1816 to 1970”, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association/Revue de la Societe historique du Canada, New Series, No.2 (1991), 91-113.

Dick, Lyle. 1994. Historical Writing on "Seven Oaks": The Assertion of Anglo-Canadian Cultural Dominance in the West. In The Forks and the Battle of Seven Oaks in Manitoba History, edited by Robert Coutts and Richard Stuart, 65-70. Winnipeg: Manitoba Historical Society. [ Article (FHNSC, UW, ML) ]

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