Wallace Brown

Lloyd's Evening Post front page, 10 August 1796

America was always newsworthy in the 18th century, but, writes Wallace Brown, the emphasis was on exotic items, heroic or villainous.

In the War of Independence both sides enlisted negroes, often in the civilian services, but also, though less frequently, as soldiers.

The exile of the Loyalists, writes Wallace Brown, represented the removal of the crust of increasing aristocratic pretensions that was forming on Colonial society.

Britannia offers solace and a promise of compensation for her exiled American-born Loyalists. (Reception of the American Loyalists by Great Britain in the Year 1783. Engraving by H. Moses after Benjamin West.)

During the American Revolution, writes Wallace Brown, several thousand Loyalists sought refuge in Britain — ‘sad victims’ of events.

In the maritime provinces and Quebec, writes Wallace Brown, thousands of Loyalists took refuge and changed the course of Canadian history.

Wallace Brown describes how, during the decades before the Civil War, the United States abounded in religious reformers and perfectionists.

"We belong to that little group of peoples destined... for a special role, the tragic role. Their anxiety is not whether they will be prosperous tomorrow, great or small, but whether they will be at all..." - Lionel Groulx, Quebec historian