Life in the Clearings Versus the Bush

Susanna MOODIE (1803 - 1885)

As a middle class Englishwoman Moodie did not particularly enjoy "the bush", as she called it. She and her husband moved to Belleville in 1840, which she referred to as "the clearings". Here she described urban life, including religion, art, and education, especially as compared to relative lack of these things in "the bush". She studied the Family Compact and became sympathetic to the moderate reformers led by Robert Baldwin, while remaining critical of radical reformers such as William Lyon Mackenzie. This caused problems for her husband, who shared her views, but, as sheriff of Belleville, had to work with members and supporters of the Family Compact. (Summary from Wikipedia)

This was read as a duet by Cori Samuel and Esther. Joined in section 9 by Jim Mowatt, and in section 12 by Glen Hallstrom.

Genre(s): Modern (19th C)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Cori Samuel
Esther
00:14:33
Play 01 Belleville Cori Samuel
Esther
01:08:58
Play 02 Local Improvements--Sketches of Society Cori Samuel
Esther
00:58:56
Play 03 Free Schools--Thoughts on Education Cori Samuel
Esther
00:23:23
Play 04 Amusements Cori Samuel
Esther
00:29:22
Play 05 Trials of a Travelling Musician Cori Samuel
Esther
00:24:47
Play 06 The Singing Master Cori Samuel
Esther
00:44:27
Play 07 Camp Meetings Cori Samuel
Esther
00:46:39
Play 08 Wearing Mourning for the Dead Cori Samuel
Esther
00:30:18
Play 09 Odd Characters Group 00:27:45
Play 10 Grace Marks Cori Samuel
Esther
00:46:12
Play 11 Michael Macbride Cori Samuel
Esther
00:37:05
Play 12 Jeanie Burns Group 00:24:06
Play 13 Lost Children Cori Samuel
Esther
00:17:24
Play 14 Toronto Cori Samuel
Esther
00:33:54
Play 15 Lunatic Asylum Cori Samuel
Esther
00:26:35
Play 16 Provincial Agricultural Show Cori Samuel
Esther
00:28:50
Play 17 Niagara Cori Samuel
Esther
00:46:03
Play 18 Goat Island Cori Samuel
Esther
00:27:23
Play 19 Conclusion Cori Samuel
Esther
00:24:04