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Violent LoyaltiesManliness, Migration, and the Irish in the Canadas, 1798-1841$
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Jane G.V. McGaughey

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621860

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621860.001.0001

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Bodies of Men

Bodies of Men

(p.29) 1 Bodies of Men
Violent Loyalties

Jane G.V. McGaughey

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores what qualities of manliness were valued in Canadian colonial discourse in the first half of the nineteenth century. Evaluations of Irish manliness in Lower and Upper Canada were not only the result of social constructions, but also of people’s emotional reactions to the stories that they heard about Irishmen arriving in their towns, cities, and countryside. Codes of Irish manliness in the Canadas, as elsewhere in the empire, included both dominant and demeaning cultural representations that were the result of only a handful of real experiences and were much more products of fantasy and the ‘wild Irish’ stereotype that had followed them across the ocean. However, these same presumptions were powerful in determining how Irishmen were accepted or rejected as fellow settlers, as well as affecting individual Irishmen’s private thoughts and public actions.

Keywords:   manliness, Orangemen, social constructionism, fantasy, Canada, colonialism, stereotypes, emigration, frontier, newspapers

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