Macdonald at 200

Overview

A modern look at a classic leader.

Macdonald at 200 presents fifteen fresh interpretations of Canada’s founding Prime Minister, published for the occasion of the bicentennial of his birth in 1815. Well researched and crisply written by recognized scholars and specialists, the collection throws new light on Macdonald’s formative role in shaping government, promoting women’s rights, managing the nascent economy, supervising westward expansion, overseeing relations with Native peoples, and dealing with Fenian terrorism. A special section deals with how Macdonald has (or has not) been remembered by historians as well as the general public. The book concludes with an afterword by prominent Macdonald biographer Richard Gwyn. Macdonald emerges as a man of full dimensions — an historical figure that is surprisingly relevant to our own times.

Reviews

Macdonald at 200 is a must-read for anyone in Kingston and beyond who wants to learn more about Canada and the role a Kingston lawyer -- a man who arrived on our shores as an immigrant from a far-off land just as millions do today -- played in our earliest years as a nation.

Kingston Whig-Standard

About the Authors

Patrice Dutil

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Patrice Dutil

Patrice Dutil is a professor of politics and public administration at Ryerson University, and the president of the Champlain Society. He is the author and editor of many books on various aspects of Canadian political history and public administration, including Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies (Dundurn). He lives in Toronto.

Roger Hall

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014

Roger Hall

Roger Hall is professor emeritus of history at Western University and senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. He has been editor of Ontario History and co-editor of The Canadian Review of American Studies. His publications include A Century to Celebrate and The Rising Country. He lives in Toronto.