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Discover new aspects of the history of Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries through thematic tours.

Divided into five major themes and five time periods, these thematic tours may be accessed three different ways, by: Web tours (documented images, in HTML), movie clips (QuickTime version) and movie clips (Flash version).

Featured Thematic Tour

A Bourgeois Duty: Philanthropy, 1896-1919

Janice Harvey, Dawson College

As the population increases and cities industrialize in the 19th century, extreme poverty and illness are serious urban problems. Most of the social services formed to deal with them are created by philanthropists, not the government. Philanthropy is usually associated with upper- or middle-class citizens providing aid to the poor, the sick or the otherwise needy by donating money, organizing charities or creating foundations. Philanthropists also advance many other causes, including hospitals, universities, museums, public health and reform movements, such as temperance and animal protection.


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