Award winning author to visit Amherstburg

Special to the RTT

As a kick off  to the 1812-2012 Bicentennial, Dr. Alan Taylor, a Pulitzer prize winning historian from the University of California at Davis, will be in Amherstburg to discuss his book, “The Civic War of 1812, American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels and Indian Allies” at the legendary Christ Church on July 19 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Taylor has written several books on colonial and post revolution America. Amherstburg and Detroit/Sandwich and General Brock are featured prominently in this most recent work.

His focus is on the participants in the war, many of whom had strong linkages to those on the other side of the conflict, be they British subjects in Amherstburg with family in Detroit, Indian allies with friends and acquaintances on the other side or Americans who did not support the war or used it as a path to riches. Leadership, competent and otherwise, life and death in  military camps, on the water, or in farms and villages, the challenges of movement in a landscape either mired in mud or frozen – these experiences are described in detail in Dr. Taylor’s work.

“Instead of a traditional narrative of the war…his book is structured topically. This neat and methodical organization…presents an enormous amount of material without overwhelming the reader” The New York Times Review

This is a chance to hear an expert describe how these two visions of a future clashed and have come to be reflected in Canada and the US to-day.

“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to host an author of Alan’s stature. He is world renown and anyone who has had the privilege of listening to his seminar has walked away inspired and totally in awe of his thoughtful renditions” says John McDonald, chairperson for the Amherstburg Heritage Society on behalf of 1812 Alive committee.

Dr. Taylor also will be signing his book at the Page 233 Bookstore at 233 Dalhousie St. from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 19. Tickets for his evening lecture are $7 available at the Gordon House (519-730-1309)  or the Tourist Information Office at 519- 736-8320. Space is limited.

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