Alan Taylor


On his book The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies

Cover Interview of November 14, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Canada and the United States took shape from civil war in a shared borderland.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Leaders on both sides expected the border to collapse, sooner or later.  Either the United States would collapse, with the British picking up the pieces, or the Americans would sweep into Canada to oust the British from North America.”

On the second:

“This civil war pitted the Irish against the Irish, Americans against other Americans, and native peoples against their own kin.”