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The firebrand : William Lyon Mackenzie and the rebellion in Upper Canada /
William Kilbourn ; introduction by Ronald Stagg.
imprint
Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2008.
description
326 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
9781550028003 :
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imprint
Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2008.
isbn
9781550028003 :
general note
"Originally published by Clarke, Irwin in 1956" -- T.p. verso.
catalogue key
6711191
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-301) and index.
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In The Firebrand, William Kilbourn brings to life the rebel Canadian hero William Lyon Mackenzie. A skilled historian and an entertaining writer, Kilbourn reveals Mackenzie's complex character: able political editor, shrewd recorder of his times, efficient first mayor of Toronto, and gadfly of the House of Assembly. Kilbourn vividly recreates the ill-fated Mackenzie-led march on Toronto during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, an uprising of brave but comical farmers unprepared to meet musket and cannon, and deftly portrays the rebellion's aftermath and Mackenzie's subsequent escape and exile. A reprint of William Mackenzie's own account of the Upper Canada Rebellion is featured. This touching, frequently hilarious book was originally published by Clarke, Irwin in 1956 and remained in print through numerous reprintings and editions for several decades, garnering praise such as "The Firebrand is a major step on the path to nationhood" (Globe and Mail).

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