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Working Lives

Essays in Canadian Working-Class History

by (author) Craig Heron

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
General, Canadian, General, Gender Studies
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Craig Heron is one of Canada’s leading labour historians. Drawing together fifteen of Heron’s new and previously published essays on working-class life in Canada, Working Lives covers a wide range of issues, including politics, culture, gender, wage-earning, and union organization. A timely contribution to the evolving field of labour studies in Canada, this cohesive collection of essays analyzes the daily experiences of people working across Canada over more than two hundred years.


Honest in its depictions of the historical complexities of daily life, Working Lives raises issues in the writing of Canadian working-class history, especially "working-class realism" and how it is eventually inscribed into Canada’s public history. Thoughtfully reflecting on the ways in which workers interact with the past, Heron discusses the important role historians and museums play in remembering the adversity and milestones experienced by Canada’s working class.

About the author

CRAIG HERON is a professor of History at York University in Toronto and the author of several works in Canadian social history, including Working in Steel: The Early Years in Canada, 1883-1935, The Workers? Revolt in Canada, 1917-1925, Booze: A Distilled History, and The Workers? Festival: A History of Labour Day in Canada. He lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

"Heron is a master researcher and synthesizes the social history of workers on the job, as working conditions became more centralized and mechanized, in communities, and in the home."

<em>University of Toronto Quarterly: Letters in Canada 2018</em>

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