Legacy: How French Canadians Shaped North America

Legacy: How French Canadians Shaped North America

by 15 authors
  • anthology
  • english-from-quebec
  • french-from-quebec
  • history-politics-current-affairs

Traces of the French Canadians' contribution to North American history can be found in all regions of the continent. More often than not, we are unaware of or indifferent towards these signs. Yet the descendants of the French travelled farther than one would expect, exploring the land and a wide variety of fields of human activity (science, arts, economy, etc.). Through their audacity, their courage and their determination, they shaped Canada – and, to a smaller but still significant extent – the United States.

Legacy is the story of a dozen French Canadian pioneers, from the era of Nouvelle-France up to the 20th century. This ambitious book project takes the form of a series of biographical essays written by 15 Canadian personalities and leading authors, including Margaret Atwood, Romeo Dallaire and Ken Dryden.

Through the lives of these extraordinary persons, the authors reflect on the French Canadian legacy. They are all convinced that Canada would not be what it is today were it not for these French-speaking Canadians who explored the land, hung on to their culture while respecting that of others, longed for peace, fought with courage, and stood up for a brand of humanism that helped shape the country we live in today.


15 authors , author

Philip Marchand

Daniel Poliquin

Gaetan Frigon

Jean Charest

Antoine Dionne-Charest

Lucien Bouchard

Romeo Dallaire

Serge Bernier

Jeremy Kinsman

Samantha Nutt

Vania Jimenez

Margaret Atwood

Chrystine Brouillet

Ken Dryden

Deni Ellis Bechard

Andre Pratte, editor

After a thirty-seven-year career in journalism Andre Pratte was appointed to the Senate of Canada in April 2016. He has written five books on politics and the media, including Charest: His Life and Politics. Chief editorial writer for the La Presse newspaper, he lives with his family in Montreal.

Jonathan Kay, editor

Former editor-in-chief of The Walrus, Jonathan Kay, has written for the New York Post, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic and Newsweek. Hi is a columnist for the National Post and former editorial assistant for Justin Trudeau. He has received Canada’s National Newspaper Award, both for Critical Writing and Editorial Writing. Jonathan was born and raised in Montreal.

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Additional Information

publication date: 11/08/2016

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book