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FAULT LINES

Very nicely put up piece of history.

P E T E R S T U A R T . CA

THE EMERGENCE AND EVOLUTION OF NATIONAL FAULT LINES WITHIN NORTH AMERICA: ENGLISH-FRENCH/EAST- WEST MEETS BLACK-WHITE/NORTH-SOUTH AT THE JUNCTION OF NATIVE/NON-NATIVE

Here in North America, as elsewhere, the countries on this continent emerged in such a way as to leave them both with what appear to be permanently-ingrained ‘fault lines’ based on language, race, geography and ideology. What I mean by ‘fault lines’ are ‘hot-button’ types of issues which have emerged as a result of both Canada’s and the USA’s respective colonial histories: Who originally inhabited the land, who came and conquered it, who else came thereafter, what countries they came from, what languages they spoke, the colour of their skin and the personal ideological motivations behind why they uprooted themselves or in some cases, were forcibly uprooted from their homeland and came to this continent.

In the case of Canada, our most lasting ‘fault line’, which is still an ongoing…

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