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1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal

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“In the 1860s, western alienation began at Yonge Street, and George Brown was the Preston Manning of the day.” So begins Christopher Moore’s fascinating 1990s look at the messy, dramatic, crisis-ridden process that brought Canada into being – and at the politicians, no more lovable or united than our own, who, against all odds, managed to forge a deal that worked.

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Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 10th 1998 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 1997)
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Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Weaving contemporary political issues (from the 90s) with the deliberations of the Fathers of Confederation - great read for those interested in political theory and Canada's history
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a decent book when it sticks to history. However, the author's attempts to draw lessons for contemporary politics are awful. He seems to lack basic knowledge about the Meech Lake and Charlottetown processes. He also complains about changes to Canadian politics since the 1860s without any consideration of why these changes happened. Christopher Moore is a historian and he should probably stick to history.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, history
My Canadian friends told me their history was boring, but I couldn't put this book down. The account of how legislatures worked and were viewed was fascinating and a bright comparison to how they work now, in Canada or here in Australia. And the pen sketches of the characters was fascinating.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a real revelation for me. I didn't realize we had Real revolutions, with people actually being killed, in Upper Canada. At the same time, it brought home how much control our leaders, and especially the Prime Minister, has over our government. A great history lesson!
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Provideds the political context surrounding the 1864 Charlottetown and Quebec meetings as well an introduction to the personalities involved.
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Christopher Moore has been described as Canada's most versatile writer of history. Twice a winner of the Governor General's Award (and other literary prizes), he writes widely about Canadian history for adults and children. He has also developed historical materials for historic sites, museums, radio, and