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Labour and Working Class History in Atlantic Canada

A Reader

Edited by David Frank & Gregory S. Kealey
Categories: Labour, Atlantic Canadian Studies, History
Series: Social and Economic Papers
Series Number: 22
Paperback : 9780919666788, 456 pages, January 1995


This collection of essays provides a generous introduction to the vibrant field of labour and working-class history in Canada's eastern provinces. Organized in four sections covering pre-industrial labour, the industrial revolution, labour's wars of the early twentieth century, and the rise of industrial legality, the book should prove useful in university classrooms and for all readers interested in the history of the region's ordinary people. Concluding chapters address topics of current interest such as public sector unionism, the role of women in the fishery, and the horrors of the Westray mine disaster. The editors provide an introduction, section heads, and suggestions for further reading.

The volume is edited by David Frank, Department of History, University of New Brunswick, the former editor of Acadiensis, and Gregory S. Kealey, Department of History, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dean of Graduate Studies. Authors include T. W. Acheson, Rusty Bittermann, Sean Cadigan, Jessie Chisholm, Patricia M. Connelly, Peter DeLottinville, E. R. Forbes, Eugene Forsey, Harry Glasbeek, Linda Little, Martha MacDonald, Robert McIntosh, Ian McKay, D. A. Muise, Nolan Reilly, Eric W. Sager, Anthony Thomson, and Eric Tucker.


"These collections of essays are useful as readers in courses, but for specialists in working-class history, they are interesting in and of them selves. Labour and Working-Class History in Atlantic Canada assembles a useful collection that reflects years of sophisticated research, prolific publication, and a rich historiography. "

- Laurel Sefton MacDowell, International Labor and Working-Class History