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John A. - Birth Of A Country
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The time period: 1856 to 1864. The United States coveted the land. Britain was not prepared to fight. On this stage, lit by the threat of war and the brutality of abandonment, two men, each profoundly committed to his own views, battle to dominate the shape of Canada's future.
JOHN A: THE BIRTH OF A COUNTRY lays bare the passionate struggle between John A. Macdonald - the charismatic leader of the Conservative Party - and his opponent, the fiercely determined George Brown, leader of what would become the Liberal Party. Both were riled into action by dramatically different visions for their country and a deep hatred for each other.
JOHN A: THE BIRTH OF A COUNTRY is a political thriller, the story of personal hatred, public passion and a political poison pill. Only the fire of the conflicting energies of Macdonald and Brown could have created the Canada we know today.
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As it turns out, it was money well spent. This movie was an excellent way to bring John A., Georges-Étienne Cartier and George Brown to life for my students. They were particularly drawn in by John A's charisma, and they loved the dramatic tension between John A. and George Brown.
For my teaching purposes, I wish that the movie continued right up to the Conferences and to Confederation in 1867 - but these are covered in the Canada: A People's History videos, which I also use in my teaching (but are far less interesting). The title is a bit misleading in that the movie ends long before the birth of the country. But this is still an excellent addition to the Grade 8 history curriculum. If you are a teacher, you may also want to follow up with a few of the video clips from [...]. The kids loved those too.
If you're a Canadian history buff, you'll love it too. Well worth the money and highly recommended.
It left me wanting more, which is the mark of a good storyteller. I would very much like to see a Part 2, and 3 and more!
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Great movie for Social Studies. A little slow for kids, but was great for JH.Published 7 months ago by J. Gordon