Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History / Edition 3

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Thoroughly revised and updated, this fourth edition, of Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History is part of the continuing teminist effort to discover what it means to be women and Canadians. Rethinking Canada examines key developments in Canadian history -- from the founding of New, France to the present -- while at the same time highlighting the distinctive texture of women's experiences and identities. This decidedly non-traditional reconstruction of Canadian history focuses on the lives, struggles, and contributions of women, enlarging and diversifying the picture of the past found in conventional historical accounts. Of the 26 readings in this volume, 16 are new. Subjects range from the impact of colonialism on gender relations in Aboriginal societies; to the immigration of Japanese 'picture brides' in early twentieth-century British Columbia; to transnational political alliances formed by Canadian and Mexican women in response to NAFTA. Other topics include sexuality, workforce trends, gender and public policy, and much more. The selections aim, above all, to bring diverse and marginalized groups of women out of the historical shadows. The voices of First Nations women, women of colour, and immigrant women, for example, resound clearly in this volume. An informative introduction to each reading situates the article in its specific historical and historiographical context, and each introduction concludes with questions designed to stimulate analysis and discussion of the text. By presenting current scholarship in the context of three decades of research into Canadian women's history, Rethinking Canada, Fourth Edition, offers new and fascinating perspectives on women and on Canada.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195412918
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 514
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Kateri Tekakwitha's Tortuous Path to Sainthood 15
'... sauf les perils et fortunes de la mer': Merchant Women in New France and the French Transatlantic Trade, 1713-1746 32
Women and the Escheat Movement: The Politics of Everyday Life on Prince Edward Island 47
'The Queen Is a Whore!' Gender, Language, and Politics In the Lower Canadian Rebellion of 1837-1838 59
Nobler Savages: Representations of Native Women in the Writings of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill 75
Gender Ideology and Black Women as Community-Builders in Ontario, 1850-1870 87
Great Works and Good Works: The Toronto Women's Literary Club, 1877-1883 103
Women's Workplaces: The Impact of Technological Change on Working-Class Women in the Home and in the Workplace in Nineteenth-Century Montreal 121
First Nations Women and Colonization on the Canadian Prairies, 1870s-1920s 135
A Legacy of Ambivalence: Responses to Neille McClung 149
Sex and Shame: Some Thoughts on the Social and Historical Meaning of Rape 164
Good Wives and Wise Mothers: Japanese Picture Brides in Early Twentieth-Century British Columbia 174
Claiming a Unique Place: The Introduction of Mothers' Pensions in British Columbia 187
Beyond Romance: Courtship and Marriage in Montreal between the Wars 203
Telling Our Stories: Feminist Debates and the Use of Oral History 220
Carrier Women and the Politics of Mothering 235
Revisiting Canada's Civilian Women during World War II 249
Victims of the Times, Heroes of Their Lives: Five Mennonite Refugee Women 268
From 'Mothers of the Nation' to Migrant Workers: Immigration Policies and Domestic Workers in Canadian History 283
Recipes for Democracy? Gender, Family, and Making Female Citizens in Cold War Canada 299
Home Dreams: Women and the Suburban Experiment in Canada, 1945-1960 313
'Don't Let Your Girlfriends Ruin Your Marriage': Lesbian Imagery in Chatelaine Magazine, 1950-1969 335
Race, Culture, and the Colonization of Childbirth in Northern Canada 353
'Women and Children First': Fishery Collapse and Women in Newfoundland and Labrador 367
Quebec Women in Politics: A Reappraisal 375
NAFTA, Women, and Organizing in Canada and Mexico: Forging a 'Feminist Internationality' 394
Contributors 417
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