Working People in Alberta: A History (Working Canadians: Books from the CCLH)

Working People in Alberta: A History (Working Canadians: Books from the CCLH)

By: Alvin Finkel (author), Jason Foster (with), James Muir (with), Winston Gereluk (with), Jennifer Kelly (with), Dan Cui (with), Jim Selby (with), Strikwerda Strikwerda (with), Joan Schiebelbein (with)Paperback

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Working People in Alberta traces the history of labour in Alberta from the period of First Nations occupation to the present. Drawing on over two hundred interviews with labour leaders, activists, and ordinary working people, as well as on archival records, the volume gives voice to the people who have toiled in Alberta over the centuries. In so doing, it seeks to counter the view of Alberta as a one-class, one-party, one-ideology province, in which distinctions between those who work and those who own are irrelevant. Workers from across the generations tell another tale, of an ongoing collective struggle to improve their economic and social circumstances in the face of a dominant, exploitative elite. Their stories are set within a sequential analysis of provincial politics and economics, supplemented by chapters on women and the labour movement and on minority workers of colour and their quest for social justice. Published on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Alberta Federation of Labour, Working People in Alberta contrasts the stories of workers who were union members and those who were not. In its depictions of union organizing drives, strikes, and working-class life in cities and towns, this lavishly illustrated volume creates a composite portrait of the men and women who have worked to build and sustain the province of Alberta.

About Author

Alvin Finkel is a professor of Canadian history at Athabasca University, where he has taught since 1978. Best known as the co-author (with Margaret Conrad) of the two-volume History of the Canadian Peoples, his main areas of research and teaching are the history of social policy, labour history, and Western Canadian history.


Acknowledgements Introduction: Those Who Built Alberta / Alvin Finkel 1 Millennia of Native Work / Alvin Finkel 2 The Fur Trade and Early European Settlement / Alvin Finkel 3 One Step Forward: Alberta Workers 1885-1914 / Jim Selby 4 War, Repression, and Depression, 1914-1939 / Eric Strikwerda and Alvin Finkel 5 Alberta Labour and Working-Class Life, 1940-1959 / James Muir 6 The Boomers Become the Workers: Alberta, 1960-1980 / Alvin Finkel 7 Alberta Labour in the 1980s / Winston Gereluk 8 Revolution, Retrenchment, and the New Normal: The 1990s and Beyond / Jason Foster 9 Women, Labour, and the Labour Movement / Joan Schiebelbein 10 Racialization and Work / Jennifer Kelly and Dan Cui Conclusion: A History to Build Upon / Alvin Finkel Notes Bibliography Contributors Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781926836584
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9781926836584
  • weight: 1320
  • ISBN10: 1926836588

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