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Author Feltes, N. N. (Norman N.)

Title This side of heaven : determining the Donnelly murders, 1880 / Norman N. Feltes
Published Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, ©1999


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 208 pages) : maps
Contents CONTENTS -- FIGURES -- PREFACE -- 1 Siting and Surveying -- 2 Ideologies of Settlement -- 3 Access and Circulation, Delivery and Through Passage -- 4 The Trace of the Wheat Staple -- 5 Biddulph Township in the 1870s: Social Formation and Conjuncture -- NOTES -- INDEX -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y
Summary "What personal vendetta motivated a group of men, labelling themselves a Vigilance Society, to enter the Donnelly farmhouse in southwestern Ontario on that night in February 1880 and brutally bludgeon the family to death? According to the author, this is the wrong question to ask. In This Side of Heaven, a phrase he takes from the verse on the Donnelly family gravestone, Norman Feltes suggests that this legendary event cannot be fully understood through conventional narrative, but only as the historical product of the diverse economic, socio-political, and ideological conditions that underlay Biddulph Township during the late nineteenth century." "Using a marxist structuralist methodology, the book draws the reader into a compelling web of economic, social, and geographical structures, showing how human actions, sometimes murderous, arise from forces larger than the individual."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Donnelly family.
SUBJECT Donnelly family fast
Donnelly (Famille) rasuqam
Subject Murder -- Ontario -- Lucan
TRUE CRIME -- Murder -- General.
HISTORY -- Canada -- General.
Meurtre multiple.
19e siècle.
SUBJECT Lucan (Ont.) -- History
Ontario, Southwestern -- History
Subject Ontario -- Lucan
Southwestern Ontario
Ontario (Province)
Genre/Form Electronic books
Livres numériques.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781442682627