The Defenders. (Part of the "Discovering Canada" series.)
Robert Livesey. Illustrated by A.G. Smith
Grades 4 - 8 / Ages 9 - 13.
"Canadians are a peace-loving people.... But Canadians are not weak or timid. If we are attacked, we are quick to defend ourselves."
In The Defenders, Robert Livesey presents an overview of Canada's military involvement in the War of 1812-14 in seven chapters arranged in essentially chronological order. The book's title reflects Livesey's position that Canada has always been a non-belligerent nation, populated by peace-loving people, and that this country's role in that nineteenth-century conflict was simply a defensive, albeit heroic, response to an American invasion of seemingly overwhelming numbers.
For a fictional treatment of the War of 1812, see Kevin James Block's Without Shedding of Blood, reviewed in issue 5.
Dave Jenkinson is a professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.
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