Hamilton: A People's History is the companion volume to the successful television documentary, "Hamilton: Where the Rubber Meets the Road," broadcast on CHTV and PBS. Popular historian Bill Freeman tells the story of Hamilton from the time of its earliest habitation through the War of 1812 and on to its heyday as a major manufacturing centre. The many forceful personalities who shaped Hamilton's past are brought to life, including businessman Allan MacNab, who built Dundurn Castle, bootleggers Rocco and Bessie Perri, and accused murderer Evelyn Dick. Freeman's history also draws on the voices of lesser-known Hamiltonians- who volunteered in the two World Wars, who marched in the Nine-Hour Parade.
The result of extensive research, Hamilton: A People's History is lavishly illustrated with over 75 contemporary images by photographer Simon Wilson and 125 archival images. It stands out as a vivid portrait of one of Ontario's most prosperous and appealing cities.
James Lorimer & Company, Publishers www.lorimer.ca

All images © Simon Wilson.