Cartoon Dominion Day: Something for the Father of Confederation to Think Over

This political cartoon presents the new provinces as a set of young adolescent girls requesting their independence and giving grief to their father, represented by John A. Macdonald (1815-1891), Father of Confederation. The cartoonist, John Wilson Bengough, (1851-1923), was one of Canada’s first editorial cartoonists. He began at the “Globe” in 1871, then left to found the satirical weekly “Grip” in 1873. C-078761, ICON 122459, MIKAN 2944941

John Wilson Bengough
c. 1886
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Learning Objectives

This series of images provides students with primary evidence to explore the topic of Canadian Confederation.

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