Jack Little

Professor Emeritus
Email: jlittle@sfu.ca

Areas of Study: CANADA


A native of Quebec, I received my graduate degrees from the Universities of New Brunswick and Ottawa, and arrived at SFU in 1976. I most recently taught courses on the history of New France, modern Quebec, the environment, and visions of the Canadian landscape.

Research Interests

Forthcoming is my collection of essays titled Fashioning the Canadian Landscape: Essays on Travel Writing, Tourism, and National Identity in the Pre-Automobile Era. My current research focuses on anti-development protests in BC's Lower Mainland during the 1960s and 70s.


At the Wilderness Edge: The Rise of the Anti-Development Movement on British Columbia’s Southwest Coast. 
McGill-Queen's University Press, January 2019.

Publications (Articles)

  • “Courting the First Nations Vote: Ontario’s Grand River Reserve and the Electoral Franchise Act of 1885,” Journal of Canadian Studies 52, no. 2 (Spring 2018): 538-69.
  • “Picnics and Politics: Expanding Ontario’s Public Sphere during the Late Victorian Era,” Histoire sociale - Social History 51, no. 103 (May 2018): 27-46.
  • “The Tourism/Ecology/Heritage Triangle: Developing Bowen Island’s Crippen Regional Park, 1981-2005,” BC Studies, 194 (Summer 2017): 119-48.
  • “L'affaire Coffin/Hébert: justice, politique et liberté de presse au Québec, 1953-1966,” Bulletin d'histoire politique, 25, no. 1 (Autumn 2016): 113-50.
  • “A History of Oxen and Horse Power in Rural Canada,” in Ruth Sandwell, ed., Powering Up: Essays on the History of Heat, Light, and Work from 1600,” McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016.
  • “Views from the Deck: Union Steamship Cruises on Canada’s Pacific Coast, 1889-1958,” in Ben Bradley, Colin Coates, and Jay Young, eds, Moving Natures Mobility and Environment in Canadian History. University of Calgary Press, 2016.
  • “Seeing Icebergs and Inuit as Elemental Nature: An American Transcendentalist on the Coast of Labrador, 1864,” Histoire sociale - Social History, 49 (June 2016), special online edition titled The History of Tourism in Canada, edited by Ben Bradley and J.I. Little.
  • “’A Fine, Hardy, Good-Looking Race of People’: Travel Writers, Tourism Promoters, and the Highland Scots Identity on Cape Breton Island, 1829-1920,” Acadiensis, 44, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2015): 20-35.
  • ‘Charities, Manufactures, and Taxes: The Montreal Sisters of Providence Spruce Gum Syrup Case, 1876-78,' Canadian Historical Review, 95, no. 1 (March 2014): 54-77.
  • ‘Travels in a Cold and Rugged Land: C.H. Farnham’s Quebec Essays inHarper’s Magazine, 1883-89,’ Journal of Canadian Studies, 47, no. 2 (Spring 2013): 215-45.
  • 'A.C. Buchanan and the Megantic Experiment: Promoting British Colonization in Lower Canada,' Histoire sociale - Social History, 46, no. 92 (Nov. 2013): 295-319.
  • 'A Country Without a Soul: Rupert Brooke's Gothic Vision of Canada,'Canadian Literature, 219 (Winter 2013): 95-111.
  • ‘From Borderland to Bordered Land: Reaction in the Eastern Townships Press to the American Civil War and the Threat of Fenian Invasion.’ Histoire sociale – Social History, 45 (May 2012): 1-24.
  • ‘Vancouver’s Playground: Leisure and Sociability on Bowen Island, 1902-57.’ BC Studies, no. 171 (Autumn 2011): 37-67. 
  • ‘In Search of the Plains of Abraham: British, American, and Canadian Views of a Symbolic Landscape, 1793-1913.' In Phillip Buckner and John Reid, eds, Remembering 1759: The Conquest of Canada in Historical Memory(University of Toronto Press, 2012).  
  • '"Like a fragment of the old world:" The Historical Regression of Quebec City in Travel Narratives and Tourist Guidebooks, 1776-1913.' Urban History Review, 40, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 15-28.
  • 'L’Établissement des Canadiens français dans les Cantons de l’Est avant 1861,' in Yves Frenette and Marc Saint-Hilaire, eds, Atlas sur la francophonie nord-américaine. Quebec: Les presses de l’Université Laval, 2012.
  • 'West Coast Exile: A Scottish-Canadian Bard in the United States at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,' International Journal of Canadian Studies (Special issue on Americanity, Continentalism, and Globalisation), 44 (2011.2): 119-33. 
  • 'Promoting "a truly national spirit": The Unifying Mission of Sir Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, 1885-1896.' In Jason Zuidema, ed., French-Speaking Protestants in Canada: Historical Essays (Brill, 2011).
  • "’The fostering care of Government’: Lord Dalhousie’s 1821 Survey of the Eastern Townships” (Research Note), Histoire sociale / Social History, 43 (May 2010): 193-212.
  • "Life without conventionality: Social Reformers as Summer Campers on Lake Memphremagog, 1878-1905,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 9, no. 3 (July 2010): 281-311.
  • "Scenic Tourism on the Northeastern Borderland: Lake Memphremagog's Steamboat Excursions and Resort Hotels, 1850-1900," Journal of Historical Geography, 35, no. 4 (2009): 716-42.
  • "Advancing the Liberal Order in British Columbia: The Role Played by Lieutenant-Governor Sir Hector-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière. 1900-1906," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, NS 19, no. 1 (2008): 83-114.
  • "The Posthumous Americanization of Jason Lee, "Prophet of Oregon", Journal of Eastern Townships Studies, 32/33 (2008): 9-22.
  • "American Sinner/Canadian Saint? The Further Adventures of the Notorious Stephen Burroughs, 1799-1840," Journal of the Early Republic, 27, no. 2 (2007): 203-31.
  • "West Coast Picturesque: Class, Gender, and Race in a British Colonial Landscape, 1858-71," Journal of Canadian Studies, 41, no 2 (2007): 5-41.
  • "Millennial Invasion: Millerism in the Eastern Townships of Lower Canada," in Anglo-American Millenarianism: From Milton to the Millerites, edited by Richard Connors and Andrew Gow. Leiden: Brill, Studies in the History of Christian Traditions, vol. 113, 2004.
  • "The Pedlar's Tale: Radical Religion and Family Marginality in the Journal of Ralph Merry, 1804-1863," in On the Margins of the Family, edited by Nancy Christie and Michael Gauvreau. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003.
  • "'In the desert places of the wilderness': The Frontier Thesis and the Anglican Church in the Eastern Townships, 1799-1831," Histoire sociale / Social History, 36 (2003): 31-54.
  • "Canadian Pastoral: Promotional Images of British Colonization in Lower Canada's Eastern Townships during the 1830s," Journal of Historical Geography, 29, 2 (2003): 189-211.
  • "The Methodistical Way: Revivalism and Popular Resistance to Wesleyan Church Discipline in the Stanstead Circuit, Lower Canada, 1821-51," Studies in Religion / Sciences religieuses, 31, 2 (2002): 171-94.
  • "The Mental World of Ralph Merry: A Case Study of Popular Religion in the Lower Canadian - New England Borderland, 1798-1863," Canadian Historical Review, 83 (2002): 338-63.
  • "Revivalism Rejected: Protestantism in Sherbrooke during the First Half of the Nineteenth Century," Journal of Eastern Townships Studies, no. 21 (fall 2002): 27-46.
  • "The Naturalist's Landscape: Philip Henry Gosse in the Eastern Townships, 1835-38," Journal of Eastern Townships Studies, 20 (Spring 2002): 59-74.
  • "The Fireside Kingdom: A Mid-Nineteenth-Century Anglican Perspective on Marriage and Parenthood," in Nancy Christie, ed., Households of Faith: Family, Gender, and Community in Canada, 1760-1969. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002.
  • "A Crime 'Shrouded in Mystery': State, Church and Community Regulation in the Kinnear's Mills Post Office Case, 1899-1905," Histoire sociale - Social History, 34 (2001): 1-34.
  • "From the Isle of Arran to Inverness Township: A Case Study of Highland Emigration and North American Settlement, 1829-34," Scottish Economic and Social History, 20 (2000): 3-30.
  • "Gender and Gentility on the Lower Canadian Frontier: Lucy Peel's Journal, 1833-36," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, NS 10 (1999): 59-79.
  • "Agricultural Improvement and Highland Clearance: The Isle of Arran, 1828-29," Scottish Economic and Social History, 19 (1999): 132-54.
  • "Contested Land: Squatters and Agents in the Eastern Townships of Lower Canada," Canadian Historical Review, 80 (1999): 381-412.
  • "'Labouring in a Great Cause': Marcus Child as Pioneer School Inspector in Lower Canada's Eastern Townships, 1852-59," Historical Studies in Education, 10 (1998) : 85-115.
  • "School Reform and Community Control in the 1840s: A Case Study from the Eastern Townships," Historical Studies in Education, 9 (1997): 153-64.
  • "Serving 'the North East Corner of Creation': The Community Role of a Rural Clergyman in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, 1829-70," Histoire sociale / Social History, 30 (1997): 21-54.
  • "A Moral Engine of Such Incalculable Power: The Temperance Movement in the Eastern Townships, 1830-52," Journal of Eastern Townships Studies, 11 (Fall 1997): 5-38.
  • "The Bard in a Community in Transition and Decline: Oscar Dhu and the Hebridean Scots of the Upper St. Francis District, Quebec," Canadian Papers in Rural History, 10 (1996): 45-80.
  • "The Foundations of Government," in The Pacific Province: A History of British Columbia, edited by Hugh J.M. Johnston. Vancouver and Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 1996.
  • "State Formation and Local Reaction in the Eastern Townships: A Brief Overview," in Serge Courville and Normand Séguin (eds.), Espace et Culture/Space and Culture (Sainte-Foy: Les Presses de l'Université Laval, 1995).
  • "Popular voices in Print: the Local Newspaper Correspondents of an Extended Scots-Canadian community, 1894," Journal of Canadian Studies, 30, 3 (1995): 134-55.
  • "On the Borders of the Kingdom of the Beast': The Religious Ideas of a Nineteenth-Century Congregational Minister in the Eastern Townships," The Douglas Walkington Memorial Lectures on Congregational History, 1994, pp. 130-46.
  • "Popular Resistance to Legal Authority in the Upper St. Francis District of Quebec: The Megantic Outlaw Affair of 1888-89." Labour / Le Travail, 33 (Spring 1994): 97-124.
  • "The Foundations of Government," in The Pacific Province: A History of British Columbia, edited by Hugh J.M. Johnston. Vancouver and Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 19.
  • "The Short Life of a Local Protest Movement: The Annexation Crisis of 1849-50 in the Eastern Townships," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 1993, 45-67.
  • "The Development of the Québécois Identity: Literary and Historical Images," Colby Quarterly, 29 (1993): 126-35, June, 1993.
  • "British Toryism 'amidst a horde of disaffected and disloyal squatters': The Rise and Fall of William Bowman Felton in the Eastern Townships," Journal of Eastern Townships Studies, 1 (Fall 1992): 13-42.
  • "From the Isle of Lewis to the Eastern Townships: The Origins of a Highland Settlement Community in Quebec, 1838-81," in Catherine Kerrigan (ed.), The Immigrant Experience (University of Guelph, 1992).
  • "Ethnicity, Family Structure, and Seasonal Labor Strategies on Quebec's Appalachian Frontier, 1852-1881," Journal of Family History, 18, 3 (1992): 289-302.
  • "Cycles du travail saisonnier dans une zone de colonisation québécoise: les Canadiens français et les Ecossais du Canton de Winslow, Québec, 1852-81," Famille, économie et socièté rurale en contexte d'urbanisation 17e-20e siècle, published under the direction of Gérard Bouchard and Joseph Goy. Chicoutimi and Paris: Centre interuniversitaire SOREP et Ècole des hautes Ètudes en sciences sociales, 1990.
  • "Public Policy and Private Interest in the Lumber Industry of the Eastern Townships: The Case of C.S. Clark and Company, 1854-81," Histoire-sociale / Social History 19 (1986): 9-37.
  • "Agricultural Progress in Canada East/Quebec: Problems in Measuring Relative Productivity during the Grain-Dairy Transition Period," note de critique, Histoire sociale / Social History, 18, (1985): 425-431.
  • "Imperialism and Colonization in Lower Canada: The role of William Bowman Felton," Canadian Historical Review, 66 (1985): 511-540.
  • "The Catholic Church and French-Canadian Colonization of the Eastern Townships, 1821-51," Revue de l'Université d'Ottawa, 52 (1982): 142-165.
  • "Watching the Frontier Disappear: English-Speaking Reaction to French-Canadian Colonization in the Eastern Townships, 1844-90," Journal of Canadian Studies, 15 (1980-81): 93-111. Reprinted in Michael D. Behiels, ed., Quebec Since 1800: Selected Readings. Toronto: Irwin, 2002.
  • "Colonization and Municipal Reform in Canada East," Histoire sociale / Social History, 14 (1981): 94-121.
  • "The Wheat Trade and Economic Development in Upper and Lower Canada," Acadiensis, 11, 1(1981): 141-151.
  • "Les Investisseurs Français et le Nationalisme Canadien-Français. La Compagnie de Colonisation et de Crédit des Cantons de l'Est--1881-1893," Revue d'Histoire de l'Amérique Française, 32 (1978): 19-39.
  • "Missionary Priests in Quebec's Eastern Townships: Years of Hardship and Discontent, 1825-53," Canadian Catholic Historical Association: Study Sessions, 45 (1978): 21-35.
  • "The Parish and French Canadian Migrants to Compton County, Quebec, 1851-1891," Histoire sociale / Social History, 11 (1978): 134-143.
  • "The Social and Economic Development of Settlers in Two Quebec Townships, 1851-1870," Canadian Papers in Rural History, in 2 (1978): 89-113. Reprinted in J.M. Bumsted (ed.) Interpreting Canada's Past: Pre-Confederation, 2nd edition, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • "La Patrie: Quebec's Repatriation Colony, 1875-1880," Canadian Historical Association: Historical Papers (1977), 65-85.
  • "New Brunswick Reaction to the Manitoba Schools' Questions," Acadiensis, 1, 2 (1971): 43-58.

Notable Major Awards

  • Le prix Lionel-Groulx presented by l'Institut d'histoire de l'Amérique française for the best book on French America published in 1991.
  • Certificate of Merit in Regional History presented by the Canadian Historical Association for the best book on Quebec.