Staking Claims to a Continent: John A. Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Making of North America

Staking Claims to a Continent John A Macdonald Abraham Lincoln Jefferson Davis and the Making of North America Three political leaders presided over the reshaping of the North American continent during the fiery s Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln were both born in Kentucky Davis in June and Lincol

  • Title: Staking Claims to a Continent: John A. Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Making of North America
  • Author: James Laxer
  • ISBN: 9781770894303
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Three political leaders presided over the reshaping of the North American continent during the fiery 1860s Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln were both born in Kentucky, Davis in June 1808 and Lincoln the following February John A Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 1815 All were Protestants none came from a wealthy family In an earlier era, such menThree political leaders presided over the reshaping of the North American continent during the fiery 1860s Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln were both born in Kentucky, Davis in June 1808 and Lincoln the following February John A Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 1815 All were Protestants none came from a wealthy family In an earlier era, such men would not have risen to political heights They personified an age of social and economic transformation, thrust to the top by the very forces that tore the continent apart.Davis tried to create a country by ripping the South out of the United States and establishing the Confederate States of America Lincoln s crusade to save the Union honed the industrial military power that would one day dominate the world Macdonald led the drive to shepherd the diverse British North American provinces into a federal state that would secure the northern half of the continent and keep Canada out of American hands.In a high stakes game, these three national projects competed to create viable nation states And the success or failure of the projects would have consequences not only for the long term future of the continent but for the entire global order.

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    1. Started interesting with the profiles of the three men but had little to offer after that as it was far too short to really offer any real insight into the three national projects properly. Instead it just came off as a brief overview of Confederation with glimpses of the Civil War with not particularly insightful commentary.

    2. An excellent assessment of three different nation building models operating on one continent each a reaction to one or more of the others. Impressed with the analysis and weaving of these three efforts in a Canadian context as well.

    3. "Staking Claims to A Continent: John A. MacDonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Making of North America" which I won through Giveaways is a well-researched, skillfully crafted historical account of three men who reshaped the North American continent in the technological and economic change of the 1860's which was accelerated with the advent of the explosive American Civil War.With similarities in their backgrounds Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and John A. MacDonald born of humbl [...]

    4. What a fascinating book. I picked up an advanced reading copy through work. This takes a look at the founding of Canada by looking at three nation state projects that occurred during the turbulent 1860's. First up, we have Jefferson Davis and the Confederate States Of America. The book examines the many causes and reasons for the Confederacy to secede from the United States. Next up is Abraham Lincoln and his desire to keep the Union intact and what he would do to achieve that. Thirdly we have J [...]

    5. Viewing the American Civil War and the forming of Canada as vying Nation State Projects, Laxer examines the intertwined histories of Canada, the northern United States, and the Confederacy and especially the leadership of John A. Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis. This was a fascinating view of history. Though I had some familiarity with both the Canadian and American histories and awareness of the impact American events have always had on Canada, it was interesting to see that it [...]

    6. My daughter loaned me her brand new copy of this book to read. If you love American and/or Canadian history, this is a must read. The author makes comparisons and contrasts between Abraham Lincoln, John A. MacDonald and Jefferson Davis. He puts them in the context of the lead up to and during the course of the US Civil War. There is a great deal of historical fact and detail which surprisingly does not detract from the overall narration of the book. It is not a book to be skimmed or read quickly [...]

    7. I received an advance copy of Staking Claims from Giveaway program. Laxer did a great job notating his sources which I really liked - probably because of my background in English & Education. Being from Lincoln's hometown, I was familiar with his story and that of the North. It was refreshing to learn more about the history of North America. As scary as our current times are now, the US has been through worse.

    8. For anyone wanting a good historical analysis of the period during the American Civil War and the Canadian Confederation, this is very insightful and interesting read. The book is well written and the historical information is presented in an interesting fashion.

    9. Really interesting read on an era that defined two countries. I've never read an exploration of the affect the civil war had on Canada's state building exercise in particular. Well worth reading.

    10. A fascinating and largely non-partisan read that provides a balanced look on the emergence of both the United States and Canada. A recommended read for those who want a greater understanding of North American history and of three of the primary leaders (Macdonald, Lincoln and Davis) that help shape it.

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