Country Matters in 19th Century OntarioBook - 1988
Winner: Canadian Historical Association - Best Regional History, 1988
Using the lives of four families as its focus, Greenbank broadens to explore and capture with extraordinary vividness life as a whole in early Canada. The remarkable will of the early pioneers, and the dissipation of that will in succeeding generations; the creation of an educational system from scratch; the hardships of everyday life, and the simple recreations that helped to dispel them; the coming of the railways; the subcurrent of alcohol's influence on the culture, and the fight against it; the harsh ethic of evangelism, which gave shape to so many of the attitudes of the people -- all these are recurrent themes in Greenbank . Within this broad canvas the lives of individual people are the brush strokes that bring life as a whole into vivid and poignant focus.
First published in Canadain 1988 to extraordinary acclaim, Greenbank is now available throughout the world in an accessible paperback format.