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Upper Canadian political culture was profoundly shaped even from its inception by the revolutionary radicalism of the United States Throughout its existence it provided a conservative counterrevolutionary North American alternative to settlers from the thirteen colonies who opposed the revolution and later settlers from the British Empire and Europe Upper Canada continued to develop in this role throughout its existence To understand the extent to which this occurred it is first necessary to understand in general terms the goals of US radicalism It then becomes possible to examine how it shaped Upper Canadian policy with particular regard to population demographics and the creation of Upper Canada via the Constitutional Act of 1791 as well as the work and goals of its first Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe Evidence pointing to Upper Canadas continued development in this role such as the rise of the Family Compact and the ruling bodys response to the Upper Canada Rebellion and the machinations of William Lyon Mackenzie will also be discussed Through these examples it will be clear that American radicalism had a large effect on Upper Canadian policy forcing the continued development and adaptation of Upper Canada policy to create a conservative counterrevolutionary alternative in North America that very much opposed American radicalismBriefly one of the main causes and goals of the American Revolution and the one most applicable for the purposes of this study was the desire for Republicanism As the historian Dario Castiglione saidRepublicanism thus became the ideology of the American Revolution challenging all the assumptions and practices of monarchy demanding definite moral virtues from the citizens and in the process establishing a more egalitarian and solidaristic social orderBeyond stipulating the importance of Republicanism to the revolution this quotation also implies a strong distaste on the part of the Americans for monarchy and likely Great Britain in particular This is done by suggesting that the US ideology challenges all the assumptions and practices of monarchy which perhaps
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