The year 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Canada. Canada became a nation with the passage of the Act of Confederation in 1867.
As an aid to young people, or anyone who wishes to know more about their Canadian history, may I suggest an Irish story set against Canadian historical background during the years 1800 to 1900.
(A Rebellious Spirit: Daniel Tracey). The Traceys arrived in Newfoundland from Cork, Ireland around 1810 and settle near St. John's Nfld. They move to Montreal, settling in Griffintown in 1825 before homesteading north of Montreal, in St. Columban (near the North River, site of present-day Mirabel). Their stories tell of Irish famine victims who flooded Griffintown in 1845, and the Irish colony they established in St. Columban before migrating south and west. Read about Louis-Joseph Papineau who instigated the tragic and bloody Irish Rebellion of 1837 that nearly blocked the formation of a unified Canada.
(From Colony to Country: Michael Tracey). The son of Daniel Tracey returns to Montreal around 1850 to study for the priesthood at College Notre Dame in Montreal. He chooses to abandon his calling when severe conflicts erupt among his parishioners. Read about Thomas D'Arcy McGee who is under-rated as one of the founding fathers of Confederation of the late 1860s. Fenian raids nearly tear the Irish community apart.
(Canada's Coming of Age: John and Ellen Tracey). The continuing story of John Tracey, son of Michael, who broke through to Western Canada and settled on homesteads in the "last, best west", Saskatchewan. Learn about struggles of immigrants from Eastern Europe who settled the plains. John sells out his property eventually and moves to New York in early 1900 to work in construction.
(At the Fringes of Society). A story of the brave struggle of an elite Boston family who has to flee to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to escape a violent husband/charlatan. The story covers the period 1900 to 1925 in both Canada and the United States. Read about the Halifax Explosion in 1917, the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, the outbreak of the First World War, and its aftermath.
(Still to be published: "White Jazz/Black Ops") Children of the family in "Fringes" story. The origins of jazz in New York's Harlem and the struggle of a young musician determined to make it big in the 1930s - an impossible task at the beginning of the Great Depression. Read about Prohibition and bootlegging, the terrible dust storms of the "Dirty Thirties" in the Midwest, Roosevelt's New Deal. Book II covers the period 1925 to 1945, a story of a young Navy ensign who becomes deeply involved in undercover work at Camp X in Ontario as well as England and France during World War II. His wife follows her heart in a desperate search for her husband in England during the Blitz. Lots of plot twists.
History doesn't have to be dull !!