Wednesday, March 20, 2019

This Month at Canada's History

Bloody Saturday, by Noam Gonick and Bernie Miller, unveiling soon on Main St.
In the new issue of Canada's History, just reaching subscribers, James Naylor looks at the Winnipeg General Strike -- a hundred years ago this spring -- as a triumph of worker organization and a lasting inspiration for progressive forces in the Canadian west. There's also a note on the Graphic History Collective's new work 1919 A Graphic History of the Winnipeg General Strike, and a walking tour of General Strike landmarks. My own column looks at the strike from 2019, when appeals to fear, demonization, and ethnocultural prejudice still live in world politics.

Elsewhere Joel Fishbane examines the creepiness of Toronto's 1920s "stork derby" through its impact on one mother caught up in it. Michael Dupuis writes of Helen Slayter Lacon, who survived the Titanic and then the Halifax Explosion, and Joe Calnan considers the batteau, the vessel that made the St. Lawrence passable around and above Montreal in the centuries preceding the era of locks and canals.

Good set of book notices, too. Jessica Duncan's essay, an excerpt from Symbols of Canada (a new anthology edited by Michael Dawson, Catherine Gidney and Donald Wright) interrogates the place of the indigenous canoe in the settler imagination. Lyle Dyck reviews two new Franklin expedition books, and Daniel Francis reviews a west coast rum running history. Other reviews look at Toronto's Ward, the Spanish flu epidemic, First World War hockey players, and the growing number of book ads by trade and academic publishers extends the book coverage.

As Canada's History prepares to enter its own hundredth anniversary years, my own role at the magazine will be changing some. For news on that: subscribe.
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