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Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010$
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Tanja Bueltmann, David T. Gleeson, and Don MacRaild

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318191

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317712

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The Importance of Being English: English Ethnic Culture in Montreal, c.1800–1864

The Importance of Being English: English Ethnic Culture in Montreal, c.1800–1864

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(p.100) Chapter 6 The Importance of Being English: English Ethnic Culture in Montreal, c.1800–1864
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Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010
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Gillian I. Leitch

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317712.007

This chapter examines English ethnic culture in Montreal during the period from 1800 to 1864, focusing not only on commemorations and ethnic festivals but also on sporting activities that helped bring immigrants together. It describes how Montreal's English population utilised public events to display their Englishness for the purpose of expressing shared roots and suggests that Saint George's Day celebration a direct response to the ethnic composition of Montreal drawn upon by English migrants in the face of an increasingly vocal French population. This chapter also considers how the emerging expressions of Englishness served to cement community ties in a city with a large proportion of French–speaking Canadians.

Keywords:   English ethnic culture, Montreal, commemorations, ethnic festivals, public events, Englishness, Saint George's Day, English migrants

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