From Burton to Barton, part 10: Tensions and Trying Times

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In this episode. Julie and François take a look at the Patriote rebellions of 1837-38, and at its effect on people in Trois Rivières, both during the events themselves and in the aftermath. You can’t really talk about this time without discussing the general climate of the province. This is a period marked by growing tensions, by abuse of power and an increasing concentration of wealth, and a population who felt the effects of colonial injustice more and more keenly. This feels like one of the more serious episodes we’ve done so far, but it’s important to be able to look back at tension and conflict, because as Winston Churchill noted, paraphrasing the philosopher George Santayana, "Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it."

François and Julie do their best to navigate these more turbulent waters of the 1830s and 40s. You’ll find out about Radical Jack’s trip to TR, and who patrolled the town during the rebellion. We’ll look at some of the injustices that lead up to the uprisings, and also at the fallout afterwards.

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