Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation

Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation

by John Boyko


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Blood and Daring will change our views not just of Canada's relationship with the United States, but of the Civil War, Confederation and Canada itself.
     In Blood and Daring, lauded historian John Boyko makes a compelling argument that Confederation occurred when and as it did largely because of the pressures of the Civil War. Many readers will be shocked by Canada's deep connection to the war--Canadians fought in every major battle, supplied arms to the South, and many key Confederate meetings took place on Canadian soil.
     Filled with engaging stories and astonishing facts from previously unaccessed primary sources, Boyko's fascinating new interpretation of the war will appeal to all readers of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307361462
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bad Neighbours in a Dangerous Neighbourhood 1

1 John Anderson and the Railroad to Freedom and War 15

2 William Seward and the Power of Divided Loyalties 61

3 Sarah Emma Edmonds: Donning the Blue and Grey 107

4 Jacob Thompson and the Confederates in the Attic 147

5 George Brown and the Improbable Nation 197

6 John A. Macdonald: The Indispensable Man 237

Epilogue: Danger in the War's Shadow 283

Notes 307

Bibliography 331

Acknowledgements 342

Photo credits 344

Index 345

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From the Publisher

"Boyko consistently demonstrates an encyclopedic knowledge of Canadian history.... Boyko's writing is so good and his research so thorough that any Canadian with an interest in our political history can read and enjoy this book."
—Winnipeg Free Press
"A distinguished scholar of Canadian political history."
The Globe and Mail

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