CM Archive
CM Archive Book Review line

Magee, Joan.

Toronto, Dundurn Press, c1984. 246pp, paper, ISBN 0-919670-84-9 (cloth) $24.95, 0-919670-85-7 (paper) $14.95. CIP

Grades 7 and up
Reviewed by Jack Brown

Volume 13 Number 3
1985 May

Tens of thousands of Loyalist refugees were uprooted from their colonial homes during and immediately after the American Revolution. They were as diverse ethnoculturally as they were in their faith, their livelihood, and their economic status. Joan Magee stresses this diversity in order to dispel the myth that they were all "British to the core" by outlining the lives of eleven of them: Arent Schuyler De Peys-ter, a Dutch soldier; Matthew Dolsen, a Dutch tavern-keeper and trader; Richard Pierpoint, a black Loyalist; Peter Etter, a Swiss Loyalist; Abraham A. Rapelje, of French Huguenot origin; Flora Macdonald from the Scottish Highlands; Henry Magee, an Irish miller and merchant; John Dulmage of Palatine German origin; Jacob Dittrick, a first settler at St. Catharines; Jacob Johnson (Tekahionwake) a Mohawk and Loyalist; David Franks, a Jewish Loyalist from Philadelphia.

The book contains twelve maps, sixteen portraits, and fifty-three illustrations that are fairly good, although the reproduction is at times rather lacking in contrast. The type is large and easy to read. At the end of the text are extensive footnotes, a comprehensive bibliography, illustration credits, and a good index. Joan Magee has put the Loyalist story into proper perspective, and her book is a useful study in the field.

Jack Brown, Kingston C.V.I., Kingston, Ont.
line indexes


1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995


The materials in this archive are copyright © The Manitoba Library Association. Reproduction for personal use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained. Any other reproduction is prohibited without permission Copyright information for reviewers

Young Canada Works