Finding Thoreau in French Canada: The Ideological Legacy of the American Revolution

  title={Finding Thoreau in French Canada: The Ideological Legacy of the American Revolution},
  author={Patrick Lacroix},
  journal={American Review of Canadian Studies},
  pages={266 - 279}
  • P. Lacroix
  • Published 3 July 2017
  • History
  • American Review of Canadian Studies
ABSTRACT Henry David Thoreau’s Yankee in Canada is easily overlooked. Because it is so selective in its depiction of life in the St. Lawrence River valley, historians of mid-nineteenth-century Canada have shown little interest in Thoreau’s first-hand account. To American readers, it offers little of the characteristic Thoreau found in Walden and Resistance to Civil Government. Yet, it is highly significant as an expression of national self-definition. Thoreau borrowed themes at least as old as… 



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