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Seeing Reds

The Red Scare of 1918-1919, Canada's First War on Terror

by Daniel Francis, narrator Michael Puttonen

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At the end of World War I, Canada was poised on the brink of social revolution. At least that is what many Canadians, inspired by the success of the Russian Revolution in 1917, hoped and others dreaded. Seeing Reds tells the story of this turbulent period in Canadian history during the winter of 1918–19, when a fearful government led by Prime Minister Robert Borden tried to suppress radical political activity by branding legitimate labour leaders as "Bolsheviks" and "Reds." Canada was in the grip of a widespread Red Scare promoted by the government and the media in order to discredit radical ideas and to rally public support behind mainstream political and economic policies. The story builds toward the events of the Winnipeg General Strike in May–June 1919 when the authorities, believing that the expected revolution had begun, sent soldiers into the streets to put down with force a legitimate labour dispute.

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Seeing Reds: the Red Scare of 1918-1919, Canada's First War on Terror

This book examines the events around the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 that transformed Canadian political expectations and led to major reforms in economic welfare, industrial relations and social behaviour. Written in a lively style with interesting anecdotes, this book is an informative and easy read. Comparisons with the wartime internment of Japanese-Canadians, Cold War fears of espionage, FLQ bombing campaigns and anti-terrorism efforts, focus a spotlight on our political values of “peace, order, and good government.” The “red scare” was a fearful dream of employers, gullible media and a nervous government. The heroes were the strikers, notable for their peaceful conduct, their cohesion and their support of leaders.

Francis is the author of The Imaginary Indian and National Dreams.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

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