Between Damnation and Starvation: Priests and Merchants in Newfoundland Politics, 1745-1855
In 1997 the Canadian constitution was amended to remove the denominational rights of Newfoundland churches regarding education, erasing the last vestiges of a uniquely organized society. Until the 1950s and 1960s Newfoundland had been characterized by an electoral map drawn to denominational specifications, cabinet and civil service positions allocated on a per capita sectarian basis, and government expenditures divided according to denominational proportions of the total population. While some scholars have focused on various aspects of the denominational origins of the education system, and others have revealed the influence of religion on the electoral results of the pre-1864 period, the complete story has never been told. In Between Damnation and Starvation John Greene presents a first time, far-reaching analysis of the origins and evolution of developments in both religion and politics in Newfoundland. He reveals the full details of political struggles, presenting them against the background of the historical evolution of churches in the century prior to the granting of representative institutions. Between Damnation and Starvation provides a comprehensive treatment of a complex subject, taking into account the social, economic, and political developments of the entire period. John P. Greene is a writer and researcher living in Newfoundland.
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