The Revolutionary Tradition in Canadian and American Societies


In collaboration with the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy convened a symposium in 1976 in Quebec to discuss the revolutionary tradition in Canada and America, and how each nation has dealt with revolutionary goals in the context of contemporary issues. Participants discussed radicalism and its lack of success in the United States. The authors in the resulting publication examine the principles underlying the American Revolution and the difference between Canadian and American literature, citizenship, and economics.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: Seymour Martin Lipset (American Academy), Northrop Frye (Royal Society of Canada), Léon Dion (Laval University), Mildred Schwartz (University of Illinois), Anthony Scott (University of British Columbia), and Harold Hanham (MIT)

Resulting Publication

  • “The Revolutionary Tradition in Canadian and American Societies (Joint Symposium of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada),” reprinted from the Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada, 1976, fourth series, volume xiv. Toronto and Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1977. (out of print)


Principal Investigators