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Social Science Rural

Grass Roots

by (author) Heather Robertson

photographs by Myfanwy Phillips

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 1973
Rural, General
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    Publish Date
    Jan 1973
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    Jan 1973
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Heather Robertson's classic account of life and death on the Canadian prairie was praised and reviled with equal vehemence when it first appeared: "a pack of lies" said one reviewer; "dynamite" said another.
Both her reporting and analysis are, in fact, explosive. The book offers intimate profiles of four modern prairie towns and of the immense difficulties faced by farmers in Western Canada. It offers sweeping descriptions of the forces that led to the settlement of the West, and examines how those same forces, controlled from eastern Canada, are causing the inexorable decline of many rural communities.
Grass Roots is a superb portrait of an imperilled way of life, combining economics, history and politics with a remarkable eye for storytelling.

About the authors

HEATHER ROBERTSON is one of Canada's most accomplished and acclaimed authors. Her many books include Reservations are for Indians, Grass Roots, A Terrible Beauty and Willie: A Romance. Born in Winnipeg, she has long lived in Toronto.

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MYFANWY PHILLIPS is the author of The Children of Peace. Her photographs are also featured in Heather Robertson\s Grass Roots.'

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