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The Prairie West as Promised Land

contributions by Sarah Carter; Brett Fairbairn; Bradford J. Rennie; Steve Hewitt; Chris Kitzan; R. Douglas Francis; Bill Waiser; Laurence Kitzan; Catherine A. Cavanaugh; Matthew Wrangler; Randi Warne; Michael Fedyk; David Hall; George Melnyk; Doug Owram & Anthony W. Rasporich

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So the emblem of the West Our bright Maple Leaf is bless'd To its children of the goodly open hand; All the nations of the earth Are now learning of its worth And are flocking to this wealthy, promised land. - The Sugar Maple Tree Song, 1906

In 1906, the Sugar Maple Tree Song was just one example of the rhapsodic pieces that touted the Prairie West as the "promised land." In the formative years of agricultural settlement from the late nineteenth century to the First World War, the Canadian government, along with the railways and other Prairie boosters, further developed and propagated this image within the widely distributed promotional literature that was used to attract millions of immigrants to the Canadian West from all corners of the world. Some saw the Prairies as an ideal place to create a Utopian society; others seized the chance to take control of their own destinies in a new and exciting place. The image of the West as a place of unbridled prosperity and opportunity became the dominant perception of the region at that time. During the interwar and post-World War II eras, this image was questioned and challenged, although not entirely replaced, thus showing its pervasive influence. This group of essays, which includes contributions from some of the best-known Prairie historians as well as some of the most promising new scholars in the field, explores this persistent theme in Prairie history and makes an important contribution to the historiography of the Canadian West.

With Contributions By: Sarah Carter Catherine A. Cavanaugh Brett Fairbairn Michael Fedyk R. Douglas Francis David Hall SteveHewitt Laurence Kitzan Chris Kitzan George Melnyk Doug Owram Anthony W. Rasporich Bradford J. Rennie Bill Waiser Matthew Wangler Randi Warne

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Sarah Carter FRSC is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History and Classics and the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.
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Brett Fairbairn is a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan specializing in democratic governance and history. He is also a Fellow in Co-operative Thought and Ideas at the University’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.
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Brett Fairbairn is a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan specializing in democratic governance and history. He is also a Fellow in Co-operative Thought and Ideas at the University’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.
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Brett Fairbairn is a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan specializing in democratic governance and history. He is also a Fellow in Co-operative Thought and Ideas at the University’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.
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Brett Fairbairn is a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan specializing in democratic governance and history. He is also a Fellow in Co-operative Thought and Ideas at the University’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.
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R. Douglas Francis is Professor of History at the University of Calgary.
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R. Douglas Francis is Professor of History at the University of Calgary.
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R. Douglas Francis is Professor of History at the University of Calgary.
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R. Douglas Francis is Professor of History at the University of Calgary.
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Chris Kitzan manages content creation for Library and Archives Canada's Web Content and Services Division. Formerly a curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Chris has more than fifteen years experience authoring historical productions, exhibitions, and publications for both academic and popular audiences.
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Chris Kitzan manages content creation for Library and Archives Canada's Web Content and Services Division. Formerly a curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Chris has more than fifteen years experience authoring historical productions, exhibitions, and publications for both academic and popular audiences.
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Chris Kitzan manages content creation for Library and Archives Canada's Web Content and Services Division. Formerly a curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Chris has more than fifteen years experience authoring historical productions, exhibitions, and publications for both academic and popular audiences.
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Chris Kitzan manages content creation for Library and Archives Canada's Web Content and Services Division. Formerly a curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Chris has more than fifteen years experience authoring historical productions, exhibitions, and publications for both academic and popular audiences.
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Chris Kitzan manages content creation for Library and Archives Canada's Web Content and Services Division. Formerly a curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Chris has more than fifteen years experience authoring historical productions, exhibitions, and publications for both academic and popular audiences.
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Doug Owram is Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan.

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Doug Owram is Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan.

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