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Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation by [Boyko, John]
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"A wonderful and seamless popular history full of colourful characters, intrigue and political backstabbing of the first order." National Post
"A thrilling, near-theatrical look at the years leading up to Confederation.... The...protagonists are...cleverly selected to round out the account.... The authoritative narration is clear, precise, and entirely enjoyable for non-scholars. The book presents a startlingly unfamiliar and ominously dangerous period in Canadian-American relations; the world's longest undefended border was in danger of bursting into flames, unless a unified country could emerge from the tangle of British colonies. It's the birth of Canada in all its glory and muck." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Boyko has spun a compelling narrative. Better still, it's supported by just the right measure of academic rigour." Winnipeg Free Press
"A fast-paced read, and Boyko skillfully weaves together the complex and conflict-filled Canadian, British and American wartime policy." The Globe and Mail

About the Author

John Boyko is the author of 4 previous books, including the critically acclaimed Bennett: The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation and Last Steps to Freedom: The Evolution of Canadian Racism. He is a teacher and administrator at Lakefield College School, and an op-ed contributor to newspapers across Canada. The author lives in Lakefield, ON.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5084 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada (May 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AGVNFZK
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The American Civil War tore apart a country. Secession in the South sought to establish a new nation where life could be lived in the fashion people were used to- with the foundation of slavery underpinning everything. Union Northerners refused to allow the country to fall apart, and for more than four years, Americans went to war against each other, killing each other in large numbers over the issues of race, freedom, the nation, and what kind of future they would all have. By war's end, the country was reunited, slavery was abolished, and state's rights, one of the underlying issues that had contributed to the war, gave way to a more unified sense of Americans about themselves. Yet two countries did rise out of the aftermath of that war.

Blood And Daring: How Canada Fought The American Civil War And Forged A Nation is a new book by historian John Boyko, weaving the tale of the Civil War and that of the birth of Canada. The war influenced Canada- and Canada influenced the war- in ways that most people overlook, and this book sheds light on a side of the war that needs to be told. I have read earlier books that go through some of this material; Claire Hoy wrote an insightful book several years ago called Canadians In The Civil War. This book delves into the same territory but offers new insights.

The author tells the story of the war and the parallels of what was going on across the border before, during, and after those years.
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As a dual Canadian US citizen I was intrigued and entertained the whole time, from both sides of the border. Truth is better than fiction in this case. I highly recommend this book for anyone who missed getting fired up about history in High School, whether the US Civil War or Canada's Confederation. This is a timeless book and it should be required reading in any North American Classroom. (Mexico as well ;-)
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Historian and author John Boyko deserves a place in the upper echelon of great historians for his ability to discover and tell many of the fascinating stories from history that other historians overlook or gloss over, and to do so in such a clear and interesting manner. He demonstrates this ability superbly in this wonderful and informative work, a compelling chronicle of a tenuous time in the history of both the United States and Canada. Boyko tells of the very significant role that Canada and Canadians played in the Civil War, and of the many issues and personalities that affected the future of both nations.

Boyko is too clever to simply give a chronological accounting of what was happening in what was then known as British North America during the Civil War era. He makes his account much more interesting by wrapping the story of the wartime relationship between the two peoples by weaving in accounts of six interesting contemporary figures whose lives were engrossed in that relationship. These include John Anderson, a fugitive slave at the center of an important and pivotal legal proceeding in Canada over the issue of whether runaway slaves would be returned from Canada, an issue that heated up cross-border political tension. William Seward, Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State was a man whose vision of manifest destiny included a dream of annexing Canada to the United States. Sarah Emma Edmonds was a woman who served in the Union Army disguised as a man, and who was among the tens of thousands of Canadians who joined one of the two warring armies. Jacob Thompson was a southerner ensconced in Canada who tried to organize attacks on the north, some of which were more successful than others. Canadian political leaders John A.
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“Daring and Blood”, or “How Canada fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation”, by John Boyko, 2013

The country we know today as Canada was created in June of 1867 – 2 years after the close of the (U.S.) Civil War (1861-1865). Prior to that it was a group of provinces under British rule (and protection), usually referred to the British North American Provinces, and included the “Maritimes” (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland etc.).

What this book tells is how the U.S. Under Abe Lincoln (and the people of the Union states) treated the Provinces and how they reacted. It's a story that you will never, ever, ever see in any textbook printed or used in the U.S. Nor will you find it in biographies of Mr. Lincoln, nor his “mouthpiece” Secretary of State; William Seward, nor of Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant – nor in any other tome meant for the U.S. Audience. That's because it is among the most shameful stories to be told from the history of our federal government, it bares a side of Lincoln that U.S. Citizens would much rather not see, and illustrates clearly why you don't turn on your TV and see people in other countries around the world burning the Canadian flag. I recommend it highly if you aren't swimming in Washington's Kool-Aid.
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