Creating Societies: Immigrant Lives in Canada

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Dirk Hoerder shows us that it is not shining railroad tracks or statesmen in Ottawa that make up the story of Canada but rather individual stories of life and labour - Caribbean women who care for children born in Canada, lonely prairie homesteaders, miners in Alberta and British Columbia, women labouring in factories, Chinese and Japanese immigrants carving out new lives in the face of hostility. Hoerder examines these individual experiences in Creating Societies, the first systematic overview of the total ...

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Overview

Dirk Hoerder shows us that it is not shining railroad tracks or statesmen in Ottawa that make up the story of Canada but rather individual stories of life and labour - Caribbean women who care for children born in Canada, lonely prairie homesteaders, miners in Alberta and British Columbia, women labouring in factories, Chinese and Japanese immigrants carving out new lives in the face of hostility. Hoerder examines these individual experiences in Creating Societies, the first systematic overview of the total Canadian immigrant experience. Using letters, travel accounts, diaries, memoirs, and reminiscences, he brings the immigrant's experiences to life. Their writings, often recorded for grandchildren, neighbours, and sometimes a larger public, show how immigrant lives were entwined with the emerging Canadian society. Hoerder presents an important new picture of the emerging Canadian identity, dispelling the Canadian myth of a dichotomy between national unity and ethnic diversity and emphasizing the long-standing interaction between the members of a different ethnic groups.

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Dirk Hoerder teaches in the Department of History at the University of Bremen in Germany.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 Contexts 3
1 Settings 5
2 Sources 15
3 Transitions 27
Pt. 2 The Maritimes and the St. Lawrence Valley 37
4 Immigrants in a Settled Society: the Maritimes 39
5 French-Canadian Migrations 49
6 The Coming of the Irish 58
Pt. 3 Urban Life, Farming, and Lumbering in Central Canada 69
7 Immigrants in Montreal 71
8 Life on the Ontario Frontier 85
9 Northward-Bound to the Lumbering and Mining Frontier 96
10 The Labouring and Lower Middle Classes in Toronto 105
Pt. 4 The Prairies: Labourers, Settlers, Entrepreneurs 119
11 Immigrant Crossroads at Winnipeg 121
12 The Opening of the West 137
13 Community-Building: Homesteading and Bloc Farming 151
14 Storekeepers and Small Entrepreneurs 176
15 Building and Imagining Western Society 190
Pt. 5 The Rockies and the Pacific Coast 205
16 Mining in the Rockies 207
17 East and West Do Meet 218
Pt. 6 Discrimination and Exclusion, 1920s-1950s 237
18 From Dislocation to Politics of Protest 239
19 The Depression Thirties and Discriminatory Forties 259
Pt. 7 Perspectives: From Many Cultures to Multiculturalism 279
20 Years of Change and Redefinition 281
21 Multicultural Lives in Canada 295
Notes 309
Index 365
Index of Migrants 373
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