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Handout 4.1a
Examining Sources - Example 1

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In a review of Patricia Phenix's book, Private Demons: John A. Macdonald's Tragic Life, Brian Bethune writes:

"[The author] Phenix keeps circling back, however, to that tragic moment in [Sir John A.] Macdonald's childhood. 'I think it was then, when [his brother] James was killed, that he began to run and kept running, pursuing his ambitions no matter what it cost others around him, because - in Satchel Paige terms - he was always aware something might catch him.'"

(Note: Satchel Paige was a Major League Baseball pitcher whose professional playing career lasted from the mid-1920s to 1955.)

Bethune, Brian. Book Review: John. A. Macdonald's Tragic Life. Maclean's. October 23, 2006. Taken from The Canadian Encyclopedia (online): www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=M1ARTM0013003

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