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Founding Fathers: The Celebration of Champlain and Laval in the Streets of Quebec, 1878-1908
by Ronald Rudin
The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw an unprecedented wave of public celebration of the past. Throughout the western world, heroes and great events from earlier times were celebrated through such devices as staging lavish parades, constructing intricately designed monuments, and mounting theatrical re-enactments of pivotal moments in history. In Quebec, tw ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by University of Toronto Press
(first published 2003)
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Historian Ronald Rubin analyses four commemorative events in turn of the century Quebec, the 1877 reinterment of Bishop Laval's remains, the 1898 unveiling of a monument to Samuel de Champlain, the 1908 bicentenary of Laval's death and the 1908 tercentenary of the founding of Quebec by de Champlain. The chapters chronicle how the events were planned and the different viewpoints and agendas of the people planning them. The competition for representation in each event is detailed, were they secula ...more