"Liberty" Has Been Precious for Canadians and Americans, But Have They Meant the Same Thing?
Even before the American Revolution, citizens on both sides of the 49th Parallel have been deeply committed to "liberty." But there were also complexities arising from those early days: Americans found liberty in throwing over British rule, whereas the proto-canadians of Quebec rejected the Revolution because of the liberty they had been granted by King George III. These historical differences indicate the different meanings of liberty that have often competed with each other on the North American continent. This lecture begins with the Revolutionary period, but ends by considering the bearing of the two nations' histories on the present.
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