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He has been called a prophet a traitor a martyr a visionary and a madman but whatever one thinks of him Louis Riel remains one of the most controversial figures in Canadian history Does this man who has continued to haunt Canadian history for more than a century after his execution deserve all of those descriptions After reading three different interpretations of the rebellions it is still difficult to decide which is closer to the truth All three authors retold the Metis history and although they differ on crucial issues there was agreement on the basic facts The primary difference amongst the three authors was whether the Canadian and Manitoban governments acted in good faith in carrying out the terms of the Manitoba Act whether John A MacDonald purposely deceived the Metis as to what Canadas intentions were with respect to the Canada-Metis Agreement and to what extent were there deceptions in the administration of the Metis land grants How these three historians attempt to encapsulate Riels life accomplishments and mistakes is very different How they attempt to separate fact from fiction and decide whether Riel was justified in his actions against the government is written from three very different perspectives Where their sympathies lie how subjective they are and how they interpret the facts is quite evident but there are many sides to history and every side must be examined if a fair judgment is to be made One can surmise that historians have probably debated quite heatedly the rights and wrongs of all the players in the Red River Rebellion and the Northwest Rebellion Authors like Stanley in his book The Birth of Western Canada believe that the resistances were no more than struggles between civilization and barbarism because in both resistances the rebels were the natives of the newly acquired territory He believed that an aggressive but compassionate New Dominion had to defeat the uncivilized obstacles because they
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