Guarding the Gates: The Canadian Labour Movement and Immigration, 1872-1934

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From the 1870s until the Great Depression, immigration was often the question of the hour in Canada. Politicians, the media, and an array of interest groups viewed it as essential to nation building, developing the economy, and shaping Canada's social and cultural character. One of the groups most determined to influence public debate and government policy on the issue was organized labour, and unionists were often relentless critics of immigrant recruitment. Guarding the Gates is the first detailed study of ...
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Overview

From the 1870s until the Great Depression, immigration was often the question of the hour in Canada. Politicians, the media, and an array of interest groups viewed it as essential to nation building, developing the economy, and shaping Canada's social and cultural character. One of the groups most determined to influence public debate and government policy on the issue was organized labour, and unionists were often relentless critics of immigrant recruitment. Guarding the Gates is the first detailed study of Canadian labour leaders' approach to immigration, a key battleground in struggles between different political factions within the labour movement.

About the Author:
David Goutor is an assistant professor in the Labour Studies Programme at McMaster University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774813648
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents


Illustrations     viii
Acknowledgments     ix
Issues and Arguments
Guarding the Gates     3
Setting the Stage: Labour, Industry, and Immigration in Canada, 1872-1934     11
Labour's Anti-Asian Agitation
The Bounds of Unity: Opposition to Chinese Immigration, 1880-87     35
The "Old Time Question": The Campaign for Exclusion, 1888-1934     60
Labour and Atlantic Immigration
Superfluous People: Labour's Construction of Immigrants from Europe and the British Isles     87
Importing Victims: The Assault on the Commerce of Immigration     115
Immigration, Ideology, and Politics
Immigration, Joseph Arch, and the Producer Ideology, 1872-79     145
Imported Labour, the Tariff, and Land Reform, 1880-1902     170
Retreat, Corporatism, and Responsible Management, 1903-34     191
Conclusion     208
Notes     215
Bibliography     252
Index     264
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