Creating Societies: Immigrant Lives in Canada
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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PART TWO THE MARITIMES AND THE ST LAWRENCE VALLEY
The Coming of the Irish
PART THREE URBAN LIFE FARMING AND LUMBERING IN CENTRAL CANADA
The Opening of the West
Homesteading and Bloc Farming
Storekeepers and Small Entrepreneurs
Building and Imagining Western Society
East and West Do Meet
PART SIX DISCRIMINATION AND EXCLUSION
The Depression Thirties and Discriminatory Forties
Immigrants in Montreal
Life on the Ontario Frontier
NorthwardBound to the Lumbering and Mining Frontier
The Labouring and Lower Middle Classes in Toronto
LABOURERS SETTLERS ENTREPRENEURS
Immigrant Crossroads at Winnipeg
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