Important Periods in the Development of Canadian Society: 1840 to 1870; 1880 to 1920; 1940 to 1970
This is a 6 page paper discussing important periods in the development of Canadian society. The development of Canada as a society has taken place over several stages; perhaps the most important being the period from the 1840s through the 1860s which led to Confederation and the development of the Dominion of Canada by the British North America Act of 1867. At that time, Canada was very much under the influence of Britain as it was considered Britain’s North American colonies and was of interest to the U.S. which had plans in the late 1860s to annex the lands now known as Canada. The process of unity began in 1841 with the Act of Union which united Upper and Lower Canada and continued through until Confederation in 1867. The periods of 1880-1920 and 1940 to 1970 were important in the continued refinement of Canadian identity through national and international developments but neither era could have been as successful without the strength which was formed through the initial stages and Confederation established between the years 1840 and 1870.
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