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A Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors and Refugees in the War of 1812

Catalogue Number:  LIV009
Producer:  Zach Melnick
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, First Nations Studies, History, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  3 - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 12
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2013
Running Time:  3 x 50:00

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Abandoned by the British, occupied and plundered by the Americans -  in the War of 1812, the people of Southwestern Ontario will spend several years living in a brutal war zone.

This is their Story.

A Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors & Refugees in the War of 1812 will tell the little-known story of the devastating effect the War of 1812 had upon the Upper Canadian peninsula (now Southwestern Ontario), with a focus on what life was like for people on the ground. Residents were faced with numerous American raids, constant pressure to change one's allegiance, a shortage of food, thousands of refugees on the muddy roads, and the eventual abandonment of Southwestern Ontario by the British Army. Most civilians in Canada didn't experience the war directly, but for people in this area, the war came to their homes – sometimes repeatedly. Their homes were burned, their food and livestock stolen – they became refugees.

Narrated by R.H. Thomson, this 3-part documentary consists of 3 programs, 50 minutes each.

  • Program 1: The Refugees
  • Program 2: Traitors
  • Program 3: Raiders

"A remarkable two-hour film about the War of 1812 and its effects on the people and communities of southwestern Ontario... From the terrific graphics, illustrations, artwork and maps to the stunning photography and the skilful, authoritative narration by R.H. Thomson, this movie is well worth the time in front of the tube. The period costumes are interesting and colourful and the settings historically realistic. The musical score itself is a marvel." - The Windsor Star

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