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A Life on the Border

A Life on the Border

(p.13) 2 A Life on the Border
The Story of Radio Mind
Pamela E. Klassen
University of Chicago Press

This chapter begins by telling the history of Indigenous sovereignty and placemaking in the author’s hometown of Toronto, where Frederick Du Vernet also lived. Orienting the reader to Frederick Du Vernet’s life lived along borders both geographical and spiritual, the chapter takes a classic biographical approach, setting his story within the broader web of his Huguenot and British ancestors who circulated within imperial networks across the British Empire. His Loyalist relatives fought for the British in the American Revolutionary War, moving northward to Canada after the war, settling in Indigenous territories that are now known as the Maritimes and the Eastern Townships of Quebec. With one great-grandfather who was a slave-holder and another who hosted Prince William on his 1788 royal tour, Frederick came from a long line of elite colonialists. His father was an Anglican minister, and his teacher and brother-in-law, Simon Gibbons, was the first Inuit Anglican priest. Upon moving to Toronto, first to study at Wycliffe College and eventually to teach there and to start a family with his wife Stella, Frederick became active in the evangelical Anglican missionary movement. The chapter concludes by transitioning to the rest of the book’s focus on storytelling through slow media.

Keywords:   borders, biography, Toronto, American Revolution, British Empire, Evangelical Anglicans, Wycliffe College, Quebec, slow media, Loyalists

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