A Nation of Immigrants: Readings in Canadian History, 1840s-1960s / Edition 2

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This collection brings together a wide array of writings on Canadian immigrant history, including many highly regarded, influential essays. Though most of the chapters have been previously published, the editors have also commissioned original contributions on understudied topics in the field.

The readings highlight the social history of immigrants, their pre-migration traditions as well as migration strategies and Canadian experiences, their work and family worlds, and their political, cultural, and community lives. They explore the public display of ethno-religious rituals, race riots, and union protests; the quasi-private worlds of all-male boarding-houses and of female domestics toiling in isolated workplaces; and the intrusive power that government and even well-intentioned social reformers have wielded over immigrants deemed dangerous or otherwise in need of supervision.

Organized partly chronologically and largely by theme, the topical sections will offer students a glimpse into Canada's complex immigrant past. In order to facilitate classroom discussion, each section contains an introduction that contextualizes the readings and raises some questions for debate. A Nation of Immigrants will be useful both in specialized courses in Canadian immigration history and in courses on broader themes in Canadian history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802074829
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 5/23/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Franca Iacovetta is a professor of History at the University of Toronto.

Paula Draper, PhD, is a Toronto historian and specialist of memory and the Holocaust.

Robert A. Ventresca is an assistant professor of History at King's College, University of Western Ontario.

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Table of Contents

Topic 1 The Irish in Nineteenth-Century Canada: Class, Culture, and Conflict 3
The Orange Order and Social Violence in Mid-Nineteenth Century Saint John 5
St. Patrick's Day Parades in Nineteenth-Century Toronto: A Study of Immigrant Adjustment and Elite Control 35
Topic 2 American Blacks in Nineteenth-Century Ontario: Challenging the Stereotypes 55
The Black Population of Canada West on the Eve of the American Civil War: A Reassessment Based on the Manuscript Census of 1861 58
'Self-Reliance Is the True Road to Independence': Ideology and the Ex-Slaves in Buxton and Chatham 82
Mary Ann Shadd and the Search for Equality 101
Topic 3 Settling the Canadian West: The 'Exotic' Continentals 115
A Roumanian Pioneer 119
The Ukrainian Impress on the Canadian West 128
Topic 4 'Women's Work': Paid Labour, Community-Building, and Protest 163
'I Won't Be a Slave!' Finnish Domestics in Canada, 1911-1930 166
Abraham's Daughters: Women, Charity, and Power in the Canadian Jewish Community 186
Topic 5 Men without Women: 'Bachelor' Workers and Gendered Identities 203
Men without Women: Italian Migrants in Canada, 1885-1930 206
Bachelor Workers 231
Bachelors, Boarding-Houses, and Blind Pigs: Gender Construction in a Multi-Ethnic Mining Camp, 1909-1920 251
Topic 6 Demanding Rights, Organizing for Change: Militants and Radicals 291
Finnish Radicalism and Labour Activism in the Northern Ontario Woods 293
Sewing Solidarity: The Eaton's Strike of 1912 316
Relief Strike: Immigrant Workers and the Great Depression in Crowland, Ontario, 1930-1935 322
Topic 7 Encountering the 'Other': Society and State Responses, 1900s-1930s 359
A Disgrace to 'Christian Canada': Protestant Foreign Missionary Concerns about the Treatment of South Asians in Canada, 1907-1940 361
State Repression of Labour and the Left in Canada, 1914-1920: The Impact of the First World War 384
'The line must be drawn somewhere': Canada and Jewish Refugees, 1933-1939 412
Topic 8 Regulating Minorities in 'Hot' and 'Cold' War Contexts, 1939-1960s 447
Ethnic Relations in Wartime: Nationalism and European Minorities in Alberta during the Second World War 451
Making 'New Canadians': Social Workers, Women, and the Reshaping of Immigrant Families 482
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