This is the story of a city and how it grew from an unknown and
unpeopled place to the sprawling, lively, colorful metropolis that
more than three million Canadians call home.
With a warm, engaging style, Claire Mackay brings to life the
various people and events that shaped the city. We meet William
Lyon Mackenzie and his desperate band of followers in the farmers'
Rebellion of 1837, and Elizabeth McMaster, who, with several
friends, founded the forerunner of the renowned Hospital for Sick
Children in 1875. Key episodes in the city's history are described
in vivid detail, such as the two fires that devastated the
downtown, and life during World War II. A new chapter ends the book
with a clear-eyed look at the city today and an epilogue takes a
peek at the future. Throughout, the author's lively text is
sprinkled with her charming humor, drawing readers in to this very
colorful and personable account of Toronto's past.
Each chapter contains numerous sidebars, illustrated with color
drawings, that highlight intriguing facts. Key events in the city's
history can be easily located in the detailed timeline at the end
of the book. An extensive index is a useful tool for finding
specific references within the text, and an annotated bibliography
refers the reader to other sources of interest.
First published in 1990, The Toronto Story was a finalist for
the City of Toronto Book Award and the Mr. Christie Book Award, and
was named a Canadian Library Association "Notable Book."
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