Working People: An Illustrated History of the Canadian Labour Movement / Edition 4

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Desmond Morton highlights the great events of labour history -- the 1902 meeting that enabled international unions to dominate Canadian unionism for seventy years, the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919, and an obscure 1944 order-in-council that became the charter of labour's rights and freedoms. He looks at the "new model" unions that used their members' dues and savings to fight powerful employers and describes the romantic idealism of the Knights of Labor in the 1880s, one of the most dramatic and visionary movements ever to seize the Canadian imagination. He recounts the desperate struggles of miners, loggers, and fishers to protect themselves from both employers and the dangers of their work. Working People explores the clash between idealists, who fought for such impossible dreams as an eight-hour day, socialism, holidays with pay, industrial democracy, and equality for women and men, and the realists who wrestled with the human realities of self-interest, prejudice, and fear. Morton tells us about Canadians who deserve to be better known, such as Phillips Thompson, Helena Gutteridge, Lynn Williams, Huguette Plamondon, Mabel Marlowe, Madeleine Parent, and a hundred others whose struggle to reconcile idealism and reality shaped Canada more than they would ever know. This new edition brings the book up to date with discussions of globalization and its challenge to nationally based workers' organizations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773518018
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 1/13/1999
  • Edition description: 4TH, REVISED & UPDATED
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 424

Meet the Author

Desmond Morton is founding director of the Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University, and one of Canada's leading historians.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fourth Edition
Acknowledgements
1 Working People 1
2 Getting Organized 9
3 International Ideas 17
4 Political Movement 25
5 Labour Reformers 35
6 Hinterland Labour 45
7 Trades and Labour 57
8 Gompers's Shadow 67
9 Business, Labour, and Governments 77
10 Labour Radicals 91
11 Labour and the First World War 101
12 Western Revolt 113
13 Unroaring Twenties 125
14 Surviving the Depression 139
15 Industrial Unionism 151
16 Fighting Hitler and Management 165
17 "People Coming into Their Own" 175
18 No Falling Back 187
19 Struggle for Allegiance 201
20 The Merger Movement 213
21 Times of Frustration 225
22 Prosperity and Discontent 239
23 Public Interest, Public Service 255
24 Justice and Nationalism 270
25 Quebec and the Common Front 282
26 Scapegoat for Inflation 294
27 Recession and Hard Times 308
28 Levelling the Playing Field 320
29 Struggling to the Millennium 336
30 Millennial Thoughts on Working People 354
Graphs: Changes in the Labour Movement 359
Further Reading 362
Abbreviations 384
Index 387
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