HIS/INR 565: The United States and Canada: The Siamese Twins of North America

Instructor: Dr. Elliot-Meisel

"The Siamese Twins of North America who cannot separate and live" are each other's greatest trading partners, are jointly responsible for continental security, and are fiercely committed to their own independence. Then why did the United States invade Canada three times? Why did the Americans in Canada call themselves the "Army of Occupation" during World War II? Why did American draft-dodgers flee to Canada during the Vietnam War? Why are Americans so ignorant of Canada, especially when Canadian security is inextricably linked to their own? Explore the relationship between these neighbors who share the world's longest undefended border; neighbors who are arguably as different as they are similar.