We watched a section of “Canada: A People’s History” entitled ‘The Oath” which is about the expulsion of the Acadians. One of the interesting thing about the video is that it uses some primary sources. These were newspaper editorials and letters from people in the New England colonies. They show us that the New Englanders did not trust the French Acadians to be loyal in future wars with France. They also show that New Englanders needed farm land and wanted to take the farms the Acadians had created. We also took some notes on the expulsion and discussed them in class.
Acadia = modern Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI
In a comment answer these questions – separate posts may be necessary:
Did the British do the right thing when they expelled the Acadians? Should the British have done things differently? Where do the English actions sit in Kolhberg’s levels of moral development?
Did the Acadians do the right thing in refusing to sign the second oath? Where were they in Kolhberg’s levels of moral development?
Kolhberg’s Six Levels of Moral Development
6) Personal code of Honour.
5) Considerate of other people.
4) Follow the rules.
3) I want to please somebody.
2) I want a reward.
1) I don’t want to get into trouble.