Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Pemberton, I. C.,


History, Modern.




This study in Canadian-American relations examines the ongoing existence of the idea of reciprocity in theory and in practice from its early beginnings in the 1840s, culminating with the free trade movement of 1947-48. The original thrust is to place the 1940s movement into an historical perspective, that underscores the fact that the programme adopted in 1947-48 was a full regeneration of the more memorable commercial union-unrestricted reciprocity movement of 1887-1891. Unlike the free trade movement of the late 1880s, little has been written on the 1947-48 movement. In fact, the idea of comparing the similarities between the 1880s and the 1940s has appeared to escape the interest of the relatively few scholars of Canadian-American relations who have attempted to shed light on the 1947-48 episode. Moreover, in light of Canada's historic decision to enter into the current free trade agreement with the United States in November 1988, investigating the historical significance of an issue that has been constant and pervasive in Canadian-American relations is a valuable undertaking.Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .P355. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-01, page: 0126. Director: I. C. Pemberton. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.