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Miss Confederation: The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  14 reviews
History without the stiffness and polish time creates.

Canada’s journey to Confederation kicked off with a bang — or rather, a circus, a civil war (the American one), a small fortune’s worth of champagne, and a lot of making love — in the old-fashioned sense. Miss Confederation offers a rare look back, through a woman’s eyes, at the men and events at the centre of this pivo
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Dundurn Group
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Deanne Patterson
Fascinating diary of Mercy Coles . Detailing gossip and social commentary. It's a part travelogue giving detailed descriptive descriptions of her family's travels across Canada and through these parts of the U.S states of Ohio,Pennsylvania and New York and their return trip home to PEI, Canada. The traveling was done October 5,1864 to November 17,1864. After New York they traveled to Boston on their way back to Prince Edward Island. The research that was done to make this book come alive is to b ...more
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One could probably say that this book wasn't for me: I've never been to Canada, nor have I ever even heard its history properly. Of course, I looked up a brief summary of events online before reading this book, but it's not the same. I have no concept of how Canada was formed. And yet, I expected this book to be interesting because it's a diary of a real young lady who lived in the 1860's - and I am always fascinated by real stories of people who lived in times long past. But I was somewhat disa ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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At the end of my Grade 11 year, one of my final projects was a Multimedia Presentation on a topic of my choice. Loving history, I decided to focus on Canadian confederation, particularly what I called "The Mothers of Confederation", really, the women who made confederation happen, in contrast to the Fathers of Confederation.

One of the women I researched and who became a Mother in my books was Mercy Coles. Her diary gives us a rare glimpse into what the conferences discussing Canadian confederat
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This is a really fascinating read which was a highlight on Canada Week on the BookTrail. Celebrating and really getting into the true story of Canada's early days.

The research has to be applauded and the writing makes this all the more interesting. Recommended here!

Chatted to the author here who gave many more insights into her book - Go back in time with Anne McDonald
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Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be a bit of a head-scratcher. I have no idea of the book's provenance, how Anne McDonald came across it, or how she decided it was worth the public's eyes. I'm happy she did make this decision, however.

The author's diary, Mercy Anne Coles, the daughter of Prince Edward Island delegate George Coles, spent some months traveling with her parents to the Confederation Conference in 1864, and gives us some bland AND spicy details behind the creation of Canada the country. McDonal
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating glimpse into the life of a single young woman who just happens to be a witness to the events leading to Confederation. Enjoyed the diary and the context supplied by the author. Obviously a lot of detailed research went into this book.
Janilyn Kocher
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Confederation is the diary of Mercy Coles who traveled with her parents for the Canadian Confederation Conference in 1864. It's a great piece of Canadian history. The diary is printed in its entirety for the first time. Coles is a candid diarist and the editor adds interesting commentary to fill in the gaps.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish I had this as a history book in High School. Learned more through Mercy Coles and the author, Anne Macdonald, than I did in school.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Fresh Look at History -
Miss Confederation offers us a seldom seen woman’s view of the circumstances—and distractions—leading to confederation. In her analysis of the delightful words of Mercy Coles, daughter of the PEI delegate George Coles, Anne McDonald adds the depth of perspective offered by hindsight. Along with historical fact, we are treated to an insider’s experience of the society of the time. A delightful read for Canada’s 150th birthday!
3.5 stars & 4/10 hearts. This was a very interesting glimpse into life as a young Victorian woman, and into a real diary. The people were all well portrayed, and so were the happenings. Some of the information was repeated several times, but that didn’t get too annoying. There was some mention of drinking; a mention of P.E. Trudeau having an affair; a couple mentions of Dr. Tupper being “aggressively sexual”; and some other bits of information I could have gone without. The writing style was ver ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
ebook - only got to page 21 of Chapter 12 (probably halfway through book)
Laurie Glenn Norris
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great research resource. Love to see books like this published.
David Sealy
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mercy Anne Coles and her diary receive an insightful treatment by Ms. McDonald who also adds context to the times around the Confederation talks. The result is a thought-provoking and interesting read. Many of the pictures in the book are from the McCord Museum and they are quite evocative.
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Interesting source material, but the author's interpretation is repetitive at times. The diarist's material is a little slim, so the author supplements it with other primary sources that may also be interesting read on their own merit. ...more
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I grew up reading, reading, and reading. Then I studied psychology, creativity, improv and finally creative writing. All these areas come together for me I find, when I'm writing. I love writing - and reading - books that are related to real historical figures or facts. I love the researching and discovery of unusual connections, and the reading between the lines that is necessary to create fictio ...more

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