Labour at the Lakehead: Ethnicity, Socialism and Politics, 1900-35
By: Michel S. Beaulieu (author)Paperback
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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.
Michel S. Beaulieu is the director of the Centre for Northern Studies and an associate professor of history at Lakehead University.
Introduction Part 1: The Roots of Revolution? 1 Early Socialist Organizations at the Lakehead, 1900-14 2 Repression, Revitalization, and Revolutions, 1914-18 Part 2: From Winnipeg to the Workers' Unity League 3 "The Hog Only Harms Himself if He Topples His Trough": The One Big Union, 1919-22 4 "Into the Masses!": The Communist Party of Canada at the Lakehead, 1922-25 5 Bolshevization and the Reorganization of the Lakehead Left, 1925-27 6 Turning to the Left, 1928-30 Part 3: The Great Depression and the Third Period 7 "Class against Class": Socialist Activities, 1930-32 8 Wobbly Relations: The Communist Party of Canada, the Industrial Workers of the World, and the Lakehead, 1932-35 Epilogue: 1935 Notes Bibliography Index
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