Miss Confederation


A young unmarried woman’s chronicle of her experiences in the social whirlwind of Confederation offers a unique view of the events, and the men, that made Canada.

Canada’s journey to Confederation kicked off with a bang — or rather, a circus, a Civil War (American), a small fortune’s worth of champagne, and a lot of making love in the old-fashioned sense (courting, that is). Miss Confederation is a rare opportunity to look back through a woman’s eyes at the men and events at the centre of this pivotal time in Canada’s history.

Mercy Coles, the daughter of PEI delegate George Coles, kept a diary of the social happenings and political manoeuvrings as they affected her and her desires. A unique historical document, her diary is now being published for the first time, offering a window into the events that led to Canada’s creation, from a point of view that has long been neglected.

About the Author

Anne McDonald

Posted by Kendra on October 25, 2016
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Anne McDonald

Anne McDonald is an award-winning author and playwright. Her play Lullabies and Cautions was recently showcased at the Festival of New Plays. To the Edge of the Sea won the Saskatchewan First Book Award. Her work has appeared in literary journals, CanadaÂ’s History, and on CBC Radio. Anne lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.