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Attitudes and Values Most Canadians and those who lived in other colonies of British North America were British citizens and followed Victorian values Victorian ideals complemented their own beliefs about morals hard work success in business and power The Victorians had attitude They were very sure of themselves and had few doubts about their values and beliefs Victorian society was distinctly Christian The people of this era placed a high value on personal modesty and on gravity a kind of seriousness The queen was a model for the age Victorian era was not grim it was very optimistic Canadians thought of themselves as British Most English Victorians had no doubt that they were superior to all other peoples and that to be born British was to win the lottery of life Victorian values included a strict moral code and an obsession with social status The class system of Britain and Europe operated in the US and Canada Their occupation and social standing was still largely determined by family background and social connections Middle-class Victorians were very prudish and they believed that people could be easily tempted to stray from proper behaviour They were also extremely materialistic they liked nice things and spent freely on clothes homes and furnishings The Victorian obsession with status extended to church buildings which were the largest and most important buildings in town Many social activities took place on church property Weddings and Funerals were important community events and helped people to build strong relationships with one another Fashion and Dcor Canadians were less formal than Europeans Being in fashion and keeping up appearances was important to the Canadians To them clothing indicated social status and Victorian values Even labours tended to dress formally Women wore long dresses and aprons men wore hats and ties even to sporting events The wealthy dressed extremely well
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