Written as a sequel to her groundbreaking memoir Roughing it in the Bush, Susanna Moodie’s Life in the Clearings Versus the Bush candidly explores the communities that developed along Lake Ontario in the 1850s. Based on her experiences of living in Belleville, Ontario, Moodie utilizes her sharp wit and observant eye to create a vivid imagining of society life in mid-nineteenth century Canada.
Moving from Belleville to Niagara Falls, Life in the Clearings illustrated for Moodie’s native British reader the sophistication of life in the clearings, which was in direct opposition to the harsh experiences detailed in her previous narratives about living in the Canadian backwoods.
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