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The Craft Transformed

by (author) Ian McKay

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Jan 1985
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    Publish Date
    Jan 1985
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How do skilled wokers adapt to preserve their hard-won advances in a period of radical social and economic change?

In 1885, Nova Scotia was booming: economic growth topped that of both Ontario and Quebec, and the public was on the verge of voting for independence from Canada in an upcoming election. In 1985, the province was in decline: unemployment held steady at unprecedented levels reached in the late 70s, and many of Nova Scotia's key industries were just a government order or two away from bankruptcy. Through it all, members of Local 83 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America fought to defend their economic and social position, adapting strategies appropriate to the century's varying challenges.

The Craft Transformed is the story of radical change in Canada's Atlantic region as seen by workers who felt it directly--the carpenters of Halifax.

About the author

IAN McKAY is a Halifax historian. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Warrick in England, and a PhD from Dalhousie University. He is the author of the seminal study The Quest of the Folk: Antimodernism and Cultural Selection in Twentienth-Century Nova Scotia (1994).

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