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Labour at the Lakehead: Ethnicity, Socialism and Politics, 1900-35 (Hardback)

Michel S. Beaulieu

Edité par University of British Columbia Press, Canada, 2011
ISBN 10: 0774820012 / ISBN 13: 9780774820011
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Titre : Labour at the Lakehead: Ethnicity, Socialism...

Éditeur : University of British Columbia Press, Canada

Date d'édition : 2011

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

Edition : New..

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Language: English . Brand New Book. In the early twentieth century, politicians singled out the Lakehead as a breeding ground for radical labour politics. Michel S. Beaulieu returns northern Ontario to its rightful place as a birthplace of leftism in Canada by exposing the conditions that gave rise to an array of left-wing organizations. Cultural ties among workers helped bring left-wing ideas to Canada, but ethnicity weakened the left as each group developed a distinctive vocabulary of socialism and as Anglo-Celtic workers defended their privileges against Finns, Ukrainians, and Italians. At the Lakehead, ethnic difference often outweighed class solidarity - at the cost of a stronger labour movement for Canada. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780774820011

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Synopsis : In the early twentieth century, the Canadian Lakehead was known as a breeding ground for revolution, a place where harsh conditions in dockyards, lumber mills, and railway yards drove immigrants into radical labour politics. This intensely engaging history reasserts Northwestern Ontario's rightful reputation as a birthplace of leftism in Canada by exposing the conditions that gave rise to an array of left-wing organizations, including the Communist Party, the One Big Union, and the Industrial Workers of the World. Yet, as Michel Beaulieu shows, the circumstances and actions of Lakehead labour, especially those related to ideology, ethnicity, and personality were complex; they simultaneously empowered and fettered workers in their struggles against the shackles of capitalism. Cultural ties helped bring left-wing ideas to Canada but, as each group developed a distinctive vocabulary of socialism, Anglo-Celtic workers defended their privileges against Finns, Ukrainians, and Italians. At the Lakehead, ethnic difference often outweighed class solidarity -- at the cost of a stronger labour movement for Canada.

Critique: "This work is an original and important examination of working-class politics in a crucial period, and in a key locale, in Canadian history. Michel Beaulieu explores with care and insight the relationships between Finnish, Anglo-Celtic, and other workers in the harsh environment of the Lakehead and lumber camps that gave rise to an array of radical labour organizations. The extraordinary amount of energy and passion that was directed toward creating movements that could challenge capitalism and its attendant inequities forms the backbone to this challenging and vivid story." - James Naylor, Department of History, Brandon University

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