Component PI-81-3.3 (3) - Louis Riel's Insanity Reconsidered

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Louis Riel's Insanity Reconsidered

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SaskHistory Magazine

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PI-81-3.3 (3)

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  • 1950 (Creation)
    Anderson, Frank W., 1919-2008

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ca. 0.001 m of textual records

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Frank Wesley Anderson was born in Brandon, Manitoba on November 17, 1919. At the age of 16 he was convicted of killing a prison guard and sentenced to death, which was later commuted to life in prison. While in prison he completed his high school education and became the first prisoner in Canada to take university courses behind bars. Paroled in 1951, Anderson completed a Bachelor of Arts and in 1957 a Masters of Arts in social work at the University of Toronto. After which he moved to Calgary, Alberta where he taught social work at Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University) until 1974. In 1974, he moved to Saskatoon, was appointed to the National Parole Board, and also managed Frontier Books. During his life, Anderson would publish more than 100 books on Canadian history, some written by himself. Anderson died on April 10, 2008.

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Item component is an article by Frank W. Anderson that appears in volume 3, issue 3 of Saskatchewan History from page 104 to 110. The article attempts to review the evidence of Riel's life (including religious education, claims of a divine mission, and ambition to lead the Metis) as it relates to his sanity by the time of his trial in 1885.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Office: Regina - Hillsdale

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Reference code comprises a unique value for the title Saskatchewan History (PI-81) followed by the volume number, the issue number and the relative position of the article to other feature articles in the issue.


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PI-81-3.3 (3)

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Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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  • English

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  • Latin


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