Summary î PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Donald Grant CreightonTo a close with a inal campaign or John A before a debilitating illness overtakes him in the late spring of 1891 Leaving an indelible mark on the country Macdonald would leave a legacy not soon Hunch: Turn Your Everyday Insights Into the Next Big Thing forgotten A brilliant piece of work that encapsulates one of Canada s best known historicaligures Highly recommended or the patient and curious reader who seeks to explore themselves as well as Canada throughout the 19th centuryThis was surely a ascinating exploration not only of John A Macdonald but also the coming together of the colonies #before the Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope and Laughter formal union under Canadian Confederation Donald Creighton does aabulous job in his two volumes of depicting the #the Az éltető étkek arany szutrája formal union under Canadian Confederation Donald Creighton does aabulous job in his two volumes of depicting the does a A Grid for Murder fabulous job in his two volumes of depicting the man leader and the new country as it came together to become the Dominion of Canada Creighton pulls on so many instances in Macdonald s life to develop a wonderfuloundation Painted Desert for the man s growth as a person and politicaligure one who brought so much to Canada that it would seem Appetite foolish not to praise him besidesor his position as Canada s irst Prime Minister though there are surely others who have come to ind weaknesses that cannot be overlooked Macdonald Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating with 500 Recipes, Menus, Meal Planning, Techniques, Buying forged new pathways and helped to create lasting and wellounded constitutional documents that are still applicable today Creighton shows the passion that Macdonald brought to his speeches his leadership and his dealing with others While surely not a man who spent much time with his Pure Grit family as there is little mention of them throughout the massive narrative but when wife children or birthamily do receive a paragraph Creighton is sure to offer essential praise and provides the reader with the needed insight As I mentioned earlier in the review Creighton s critics bemoan his lack of attention on the indigenous Indian issues throughout the development of Canada s history Creighton himself argues a lack of importance of this which is surely where modern historians and protestors alike Apple-Picking Day! find greatault with the man He did oversee early implementation of the Indian Act and the creation of residential schools as a means of assimilation but none of that came out in this book Shameful I will agree but I turn to my ellow readers of the book and this review to ask the ollowing do we judge our heroes based on their actions at the time or through the lens of today Can all the praise and wonders that Ajax is All About Attack fell onto the shoulders of John A Macdonald leading to schools streets statues scholarships etc be nullified because a twentyirst century revisiting of sentiments sour the past Must all heroes and political leaders stand the test of time Should America the Philosophical flawlessness be key to being deemed heroic So many uestionsilled my mind as I read Creighton s massive tome as I try to look through lenses of nineteenth mid twentieth and early twenty The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North first centuries in order to judge John A Macdonald Is there a single answer that supersedes all othersBefore I drown myself in introspection and bore the review reader let me look at aew of the writing aspects of Donald Creighton s work These two massive tomes than 1000 pages of narrative before notes and bibliography offer a lood of information or the curious reader Creighton s dedication to the effort allows readers to The Northman's Bride feel as though they were watching Macdonald mature into a preeminent politician and world leader at a time when he hadew on which to base his decisions As others have noted Creighton injects not only the history into his writing but also a strong sense of description which adds depth and lavour to the narrative From the opening pages of Volume One the reader can picture the boat lowing down the St Lawrence as the Macdonald clan arrived in their new land Creighton does this throughout helping to add a visual layer to an already politically rich story Blood sweat and tears surely went into these volumes which earned much praise at the time of their publication and I would venture to say remain stellar pieces some sixty years later Canadian history may not be centuries long or as Cherry Bomb full of wild and crazy vignettes but Creighton effectively argues that there is much to be said about the creation of the Dominion of Canada and itsirst political hero John A Macdonald is like a Leading the Way fine scotch surely not to everyone s liking but to be admiredor some of its nuances Kudos Mr Creighton or this powerful biography I can see how modern olk would have issue with some of your depictions as well as with your subject matter but I cannot dismiss the publication or the man so uicklyLovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge. Ald's often tumultuous subseuent career in the context of a growing and often recalcitrant nation He was Prime Ministerrom 1867 to 1873 and then again rom 1878 until his death in June 1891 The spectacular and evocative epilogues with which Creighton concludes each volume are widely recognized as having a place among the great passages of literary proseP B Waite's introduction to this new one volume republication provides an illuminating account of the impact that Creighton and his biography of Macdonald had on a whole generation of historians and reade. ,
"individual colonies were not as eager to test the waters of independence Both "colonies were not as eager to test the waters of independence Both officials and the electorate offered mix sentiments when the idea was brought to them though Macdonald was a irm believer in the idea and sought to grease palms and browbeat whenever the need arose to
HELP STRENGTHEN HIS IDEA CREIGHTON DEPICTS A STRONG WILLEDstrengthen his idea Creighton depicts a strong willed doing whatever he could when holding the reins of power in Upper Canada Canada West With a precarious balance Macdonald and other Canada delegates made their way to a Maritime conference with confederation on the agenda Able to win over many of the easternmost delegates in September 1864 there The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing followed aormal convention in uebec the Song of the Forest following month where the 72 resolutions toormalise an independent confederation came to the loor Macdonald rushed the bill soon named the British North America Act to the UK Parliament where it was passed by British parliamentarians With all the documentation in order the Dominion of Canada was declared on July 1 1867 paving the way or Macdonald to assume power over the new country and all its early wobblesThe Old ChieftainAs the second volume opens Macdonald has been overseeing the Dominion A Constellation of Vital Phenomena for aew months happy with its progress As Prime Minister Macdonald is able to oversee much of the country s progress but is also keenly aware of its drawbacks Creighton presents early in the piece that the Maritime provinces began to get cold eet soon after Confederation and sought a remedy to remove themselves rom the mix While not overly worried Macdonald must Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights face provincial politicians who want to dissolve the union as it stands while also sending protest politicians to Ottawa in theorm of Nova Scotia anti confederationists This sentiment is sure to pass and Macdonald does his best to wait out the skirmishes Bracing Still Life with Chickens for a new andorward Canada the country looks to stand on its own Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea feet which includes creating treaties and setting longer term policies America becomes an early ally and treaties are drawn up But Macdonald is also lookingurther East and West wanting the Dominion to dominate He welcomes Prince Edward Island into the mix and has his eye on British Columbia as well as the area Paradox Bound formerly known as Rupertsland Manitoba becomes a key player in the mix of Canada expanding westward though there are still some wrinkles that must belattened in order to bring about a successful union Creighton speaks of Macdonald trying to hold the country together on two ronts separate but eually important an anti ree trade policy and rail transportation As the biography continues the reader discovers that Macdonald and his Conservative Government are keenly protectionist seeking to strengthen Canada STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare from within While trade with the United States iseasible it should not be done on the backs of Canadian armers and other manufacturers On the other hand there must be a means to ship products with ease as well as help redistribute the population with railways being the most effective Macdonald wrestles with his opponents pushing an election promise to its limits to ensure that the western portions of Canada are laden with track to acilitate easier travel Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays from Ottawa out to Vancouver with many stops in between The major dust ups that Macdonaldaced brought him closer to old age and he contemplated retirement but was soon Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All faced with yet another crisis he did not wish to leave in the hands of others The Northwest Rebellion headed by M tis leader Louis Riel was aorm of protest by the indigenous populations about the seizing of their lands as well as numerous other issues that Creighton does not list or explore in detail Riel was eventually captured and Macdonald did not intervene with his trial or sentencing permitting the man s execution as a What a Lass Wants form of warningor others who thought it their place to rise up against the Government of Canada Tired and ready to leave the public spotlight Macdonald agreed to a inal campaign in 1891 at the ripe age of 76 He had seen Canada through a great deal and was not ready to let her stand alone or at least under the tutelage of other men Creighton draws the biography. S lamboyant personality dominated Canadian public life Mexican Hooker from the years preceding Confederation to the end of the nineteenth century and the political structures and national policies which developed under his leadership continue to shape public issues today Creighton'sirst volume takes Macdonald The League for the Suppression of Celery from his childhood and early years as a young lawyer in Kingston Ontario through his swift rise in political life to positions of influence to the great achievement of uniting the colonies of British North America in Confederation The second volume traces Macdon. At a time when monuments of past political heroes are being torn down or the debate about doing so turns violent it is worth looking a little deeper into the pasts of these individuals While some were seen as heroes in their time these heroics are now seen through a new lens perhapsocusing less on their accomplishments or a people and on their oibles or complete disregard Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery for another group John A Macdonald is one such man a politician whose name seems to have soured two centuries after his birth While he was Canada sirst prime minister and the hometown hero of Kingston Ontario many around the country have begun thinking about his treatment of the indigenous population than his weaving together our colonies to create the early stages of what is now the country I call home This left me to wonder about the man and his inner workings pushing past the stories that came rom scholastic history books I thought that there would be no better place to look than eminent Canadian historian Donald Crieghton whose two volume biography of the man has been bandied about as one of the greatest pieces of Canadian political biography Passing through the introduction I did discover that these two books written in the early to mid 1950s apparently left out much of the controversial issues that Macdonald is being tarred with at present because Creighton did not eel they were issues or worth bemoaning Still looking into the life of the man who until recently the image on the Canadian ten dollar bill and was a leading igure to bring Canada its ormal I thought it important to look deep and explore below the superficial levels to understand how Macdonald became the politician many knew him to be as well as tackling some of his controversial decisions throughout a long political career Macdonald did not steer away rom controversy though one must ponder how pushing modern lenses to define greatness rom long ago seems to make sense As a note to readers of this review I will admit that or some brevity s sake as I am tackling this massive tome that encapsulates both biographical volumes I will not explore each in as much detail tackling this massive tome that encapsulates both biographical volumes I will not explore each in as much detail I might had I been able to acuire them as two independent books However I will try to offer a summary
"and should the reader wish to explore them they can look to each volume independently "should the reader wish to explore them they can look to each volume independently thorough details of Macdonald s life The Young PoliticianCreighton opens the volume with a discussion of the Macdonald Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge family in history including early members of this Scottish clan who came to the British colony to set up after England defeated the French and claimed the landor themselves A young John Alexander Macdonald having been born on January 11 1815 made the trip with his The Outlaw and the Upstart King family to Canada where they settled in Kingston and began aruitful life Macdonald was a highly curious child who attended school and excelled as best he could with the curriculum presented to him but was not always challenged His interest in things relating to history and legal led him to depart school at ifteen and begin articling in a law irm There Macdonald took up a great deal of study on Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War financial laws as the colonies were still trying to establish themselves with banks and the like Working in Kingston Macdonald was able to see politics brewing with a legislature in Upper Canada now Ontario diligently pushingor laws to work within the British system as Lower Canada uebec did the same There were many who argued the need to exert partial British control of the region enough to ensure the North American colonies had a degree of independent thought and provisional power which led to iery rebellions in both Canadas There soon developed a push to create a Canada wide legislature where such decisions could be met with greater ease It was at this time that Macdonald discovered his passion or all things political only Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul further exacerbated when Kingston was chosen as theirst Seat of Government Macdonald entered the ray seeking to push his Conservative values in a parliament that was not only divided by political ideology but those of a cultural nature read English and French Still overseen by the British Macdonald worked through the parliamentary process and ought battles on local issues at times able to topple the sitting government Speak Through the Wind from the opposition benches As Macdonald became adept at his craft he married and had a child though the tragedy of sickness in the mid 19th century paralysed him when the news of the little one s death came to him Torn between being a great husband and stellar politician Macdonald tried to balance both part. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography calls this work 'probably the greatest Canadian biography yet published in English' Donald Creighton's two volume account of Canada'sirst Prime Minister was originally published in the 1950s as 'John A Macdonald The Young Lion' 1952 and 'John A Macdonald The Old Chieftain' 1955 Each of the volumes won a Governor General's Literary Award Creighton's rare combination of rigorous scholarship magnificent literary style and romantic and heroic vision gives this work extraordinary power and wide appealSir John A Macdonald'. .
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