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A Nation of Immigrants

Women, Workers, and Communities in Canadian History, 1840s-1960s

edited by Franca Iacovetta; Paula Draper & Robert Ventresca

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This collection brings together a wide array of writings on Canadian immigrant history, including many highly regarded, influential essays. Though most of the chapters have been previously published, the editors have also commissioned original contributions on understudied topics in the field.

The readings highlight the social history of immigrants, their pre-migration traditions as well as migration strategies and Canadian experiences, their work and family worlds, and their political, cultural, and community lives. They explore the public display of ethno-religious rituals, race riots, and union protests; the quasi-private worlds of all-male boarding-houses and of female domestics toiling in isolated workplaces; and the intrusive power that government and even well-intentioned social reformers have wielded over immigrants deemed dangerous or otherwise in need of supervision.

Organized partly chronologically and largely by theme, the topical sections will offer students a glimpse into Canada's complex immigrant past. In order to facilitate classroom discussion, each section contains an introduction that contextualizes the readings and raises some questions for debate. A Nation of Immigrants will be useful both in specialized courses in Canadian immigration history and in courses on broader themes in Canadian history.

About the Authors

Franca Iacovetta

Franca Iacovetta is a professor of history at the University of Toronto. A feminist, labour, gender, and migration historian, she is the author of several books on Canadian social history.
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Paula Draper

Paula J Draper Ph.D. is a historian and educator specializing in memory history who has been involved in a multitude of Holocaust-related projects. She lives in Toronto.
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Robert Ventresca

Robert A. Ventresca is an assistant professor of History at King's College, University of Western Ontario.

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