Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Historians in the News 1: David Wilson

... gets a whole lotta love from Jeffrey Simpson's Globe and Mail column on D'Arcy McGee on the anniversary of his funeral:
McGee died, as University of Toronto history professor David A. Wilson argues in his brilliant two-volume biography of this fascinating figure, an “extreme moderate,” slain as an enemy of Fenian extremism. For that rejection of extremism, he paid dearly politically among Irish Canadians and, ultimately, with his life; although much controversy attended the trial and conviction of his murderer, Patrick Whelan, no one doubted his Fenian fanaticism.
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