Yankee Go Home?: Canadians and Anti-Americanism

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Nothing makes Canadians angrier than the sense that they are being bullied by the United States. From the time of the American Revolution, anti-American feeling has been a defining part of Canadian life. And yet, as J.L. Granatstein argues in this articulate and opinionated exploration of Anti-Americanism in Canada, the United States has been too easy a target for our animosities and insecurities.

Yankee Go Home? traces the winding course of these anti-American feelings over two centuries - from the United Empire Loyalists who fled north to escape unbridled republicanism, through the early twentieth century when the barons of business were determined to keep out U.S. competition, to the post-war period when Canadian nationalists took to the cry. Granatstein maintains that what began as a justifiable fear of invasion eventually became a tool of the economic and political elites bent on preserving their power.

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J.L. Granatstein is a distinguished Canadian historian and the author of over 40 books, including Victory 1945, Empire to Umpire: Canadian Foreign Policy to the 1990s and The Generals, which won the J.W. Dafoe Prize and the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography. The royal Society of Canada awarded him the J.B. Tyrell Historical Gold Medal (1992) for "outstanding work in the history of Canada." In 1996, the Conference of Defence Associations Institute named him winner of the Vimy Award for "achievement and effort in the field of Canadian defence and security." He comments regularly on historical questions and public affairs in the media. A Distinguished Research Professor of History Emertius at York University, he has received honorary degrees from Memorial University and University of Calgary and is a member of the Royal Military College of Canada Board of Governors.

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