The Prairie West: Historical Readings

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R. Douglas Francis, Howard Palmer
University of Alberta, 1992 - History - 748 pages
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The Prairie West: Historical Readings is a collection of thirty-five articles on Canadian prairie history written by Canada's leading historians, political scientists and economists. This newly expanded and revised edition of The Prairie West will continue to provide a selection of articles, which present both overview interpretation and current research, for use by scholars and students of prairie Canada. The articles are divided into fifteen topics--Interpretations and Historiography; Native People and the Fur Trade; The Métis, The Red River Colony and Canada; The West and Confederation; Indian Treaties and the Establishment of Canadian Law and Order; The Economics of Settlement; Ethnic Groups and Prairie Society; The Settlement Experience and the Creation of Prairie Institutions; Prairie Women; Rural and Agricultural Society of Prairie Canada; Urban Society and Labour in Prairie Canada; Agrarian Reform/Revo
 

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Very good book to use for learning more about the Great Depression, or for the people who want to use this book as a reference for a project. It gives a very concise version of the prairies history during the Great Depression. However, if one is looking for a a book specifically on the Great Depression and the prairies in detail, this isn't your book. Also, the facts and figures in this book are especially useful for persuasive writings. 

Contents

Historical Writing on the Prairie West
5
A Century of Plain and Parkland
27
Native Peoples and the Fur Trade
43
Traders and Indians
68
A Review of Literature
82
The Metis the Red River Colony and Canada
101
The Manitoba Land Question 18701882
118
Dispossession or Adaptation? Migration
136
Prairie Women
397
Amelia Turner and Calgary Labour Women 19191935
424
Press and Country Life Ideology
455
Rural Local History and the Prairie West
497
Urban Society and Labour in Prairie Canada
511
Early WorkingClass Life on the Prairies
544
Agrarian ReformRevolt
557
CryptoLiberalism
573

The West and Confederation
163
From Riel to the Metis
185
Law and Order
205
The Economics of Settlement
239
Western Canada and the Burden of National
264
Ethnic Groups and Prairie Society
285
The Rise of Nativism
308
The Settlement Experience and the Creation
335
Prairie Society and Politics in the Great Depression
627
The Pattern of Prairie Politics
640
The Radical Character
661
Politics and Economics
681
A Regional Economic Overview of the West Since 1945
697
Literature and Art
715
Fictions of the American and Canadian Wests
740
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R. Douglas Francis is Professor of History at the University of Calgary. Howard Palmer was Professor of History at the University of Calgary.

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