After the rebellion : the later years of William Lyon Mackenzie /
Lillian F. Gates.
Toronto : Dundurn Press, 1988.
413 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Toronto : Dundurn Press, 1988.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 396-405).
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-01:
William Lyon Mackenzie led the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada. Unsuccessful in revolt, he fled to the US, where for most Canadians, his story ends. Gates, however, has traced Mackenzie's post-1837 career in substantial detail, and she reveals much that was unknown or forgotten. Gates has read all the primary and secondary sources scattered in Canada and the US, and the resulting book is a fine piece of scholarship (unfortunately, she has not been well served by her publisher--this title is no triumph of the bookmaker's art). The story she tells has its moments. Mackenzie tried for a time to continue the Canadian revolt from the US, then drifted from job to job, he and his family living hand-to-mouth and on the charity of friends. Later, after memories had faded, he returned to Canada, even to the legislature. Gates sees some of the warts on her hero, but she attaches far too much significance to his unhappy later years. A useful footnote to Canadian history, and a testament to hard-won scholarship. -J. L. Granatstein, York University
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"After the Rebellion is a major and fascinating contribution to our understanding of both Mackenzie and Ontario--not a bad accomplishment for an historian in her 87th year."
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This comprehensive book on William Lyon Mackenzie's later life focuses first on the period 1838-1849, Mackenzie's years in exile in the United States. It examines his contribution to the American political scene, including his role in writing the constitution of the State of New York. The book also chronicles Mackenzie's life from 1849, when he was granted amnesty and returned to Canada, to his death in 1861. In this, the only comprehensive look at Mackenzie's life, Lillian Gates offers a meticulous account of one of Canada's liveliest nineteenth century politicians.

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