An essay using the Canada in the Making site
Over the course of a century, the British government of the province
of Québec (later Lower Canada, then Canada East) attempted to find
a balance in governing the people. It could not have been easy:
the population, at first almost entirely foreign, changed a great
deal after the American Revolution - and kept changing. This population
change created tensions on many levels. The essay below will give
you the opportunity to examine one of these acts, study the events
around it, and decide whether or not it succeeded in the drafters'
Your essay will examine one of the documents below in the context
of the events surrounding it:
1. The Royal Proclamation, 1763:
2. The Québec Act, 1774:
3. The Constitutional Act, 1791:
4. The Union Act, 1840:
5. The British North America Act, 1867:
In order to complete this essay, it will be useful to read about
Canada's Constitutional History:
You will also need to read biographies of important people involved
in the movement for responsible government. See the Biographies
For the document that you choose, consider:
1. The events that led to it being written.
2. The specific aims for which it was written.
3. How those aims were dealt with in the act (the language used,
4. How the people reacted.
5. Did it succeed or fail in its goals? Why or why not?
The paper should be _____________ words long. It should contain:
A title page with a title, your name, the course name, your
teacher's name and the date submitted.
A clear introduction with a thesis statement.
Proper citation (footnotes/endnotes or APA/MLA style, as determined
by your teacher).
Make an effort to use primary sources to support your arguments.
These can be found on the Canada in the Making Web site.
Note on Sources
Primary sources represent the most authentic resources that historians
can draw upon. The documents that you will be using below may be
digitized, but are still considered primary sources. Try to use
the sources available on the "Canada's Constitutional History"
portion of the Canada in the Making Web site to strengthen
For tips on how to use primary sources, go to the "Using Primary
Sources in Your Work" page.
Secondary sources are works that interpret or analyze an historical
event or phenomenon. Generally the author is at least one step removed
from the event. Although not as authentic as primary sources, secondary
sources are still valuable.
Possible Sources of Information Online
Note: It is important to choose sources that are produced
by reputable institutions or individuals. Such information is more
likely to give you a balanced, neutral view and be prepared or reviewed
The Canadian Encyclopedia
National Archives of Canada: Canada's Constitutional Evolution
Solon Law Archives: Canadian Constitutional Documents