Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "The McKenzie Rebellion":
Our Rebellion is still a bit raw, but you could
run your idea by Council. It would be nice if they could agree on something
colourful and not a crack at the treasury.
As part of Canada's Centennial project, the town invited names for several parks. Banner Editor and publisher, Bob Buchanan suggested William Lyon Mackenzie
He said it slyly. As if he knew it wouldn't fly.
I didn't understand that. I thought Aurora would be proud of its historical association with the Rebellion. Everything about it appealed to me.
Just because they didn't win, didn't make it less valid.Some York residents paid with their lives for having the courage to fight for
what they believed..
They went up against an army with little in the way of weaponry . They were fighting for better representation. Why wouldn't they? Times were difficult .
That was 1837. Twenty-five years after "our little crossroads" first appeared. Sixteen years before the Village of Machell's Corners
was established . Twenty six years before postmaster Charles Doane named the newly incorporated town Aurora. Twenty nine years before the nation, Canada was created.
It didn't happen easily. It didn't happen just with talk. The Rebellion was part of the shaping and as a newbie ,it seems time to me should have given it a different perspective.
But it hasn't. It hadn't by 1967. And even now in 2012, it hasn't happened.
I find that extremely interesting. I would like to understand.
I do understand that memories of cruelty and injustice are handed down through generations.The pain goes away but memory stays.
We are only a few generations removed from settlement in Canada and even less from our Rebellion of 1837.
I accept "our Rebellion is still a bit raw" .But I would like to hear more about why.
It always struck me that written history reflects bias of the author.
The Magna Carta did little to change the lives of ordinary people.
Yet it's stil cited i law.
I think blogs and Google will change that. Maybe they can still change what we understand of this young nation's history. If current generations of families who were here at the beginning were to share their family's memories.
Furthermore, while they didn't win , things did change after the Rebellion.