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The Limits of Labour

Class Formation and the Labour Movement in Calgary, 1883-1929

by David Bright

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post-confederation (1867-), social history
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published: May 1999
ISBN:9780774806978
publisher: UBC Press
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In a few short decades before the First World War, Calgary was transformed from a frontier outpost into a complex industrial metropolis. With industrialization there emerged a diverse and equally complex working class. David Bright explores the various levels of class formation and class identity in the city to argue that Calgary’s reputation as a prewar centre of labour conservatism is in need of revision.

Contributor Notes

David Bright teaches history at the University of Calgary and at Mount Royal College, Calgary.

Awards
  • Winner, Clio Award (Prairie Region), Canadian Historical Association
Editorial Reviews

Bright's well-crafted work contributes usefully to the fast-developing study of local labor history in western Canadian cities ... Recommended.

— Choice

This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the history of both Canadian labor and the Canadian West. It weaves together both a wealth of primary documents and secondary sources to fashion a forceful argument about the character of the working class in early Calgary. For the academic reader interested in class formation in western Canada, this is a must-read book.

— Great Plains Research

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