The Company Store: J. B. McLachlan and the Cape Breton Coal Miners 1900-1925

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Formac Publishing Company Limited, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 362 pages
J. B. McLachlan was a fiery, idealistic Scot who came to Canada with a vision of a better world. He settled in Cape Breton, and there he worked in the coalmines beside hundreds of men and boys from all parts of the world.
In the first decades of the twentieth century mine owners cared little for safety or working conditions: miners and their families were virtual serfs of the company. As their wages were squeezed lower, mine workers fought back through their union--with J. B. McLachlan at its head. The response of the authorities was fierce. The miners faced soldiers, machine guns, prison sentences, starvation, homelessness. They were betrayed by American union leaders. Throughout, J. B. McLachlan stood firm for his principles and ideals.
The Company Store is the story of a remarkable Canadian, and of a little-known part of our industrial past.

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JOHN MELLOR was born in England and served in the Royal Navy before emigrating to Canada after World War Two. He worked as an engineer, a businessman and a teacher before becoming a writer. His first book, on the disastrous raid on Dieppe, became the basis of a CBC mini-series.

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