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.
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About the Author
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
Photo credits 344
What People are Saying About This
"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