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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

The Limits of Labour

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

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

The Limits of Labour

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

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.


286 pages


Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1: Class Formation, 1883-1913

1 From Cow Town to Hub of Industry

2 Social Divisions and Class Disposition

3 Class, Culture, and Politics

4 Unions and Strikes

Part 2: The Labour Movement, 1913-29

5 Depression and War, 1913-7

6 Economic Recession and Restructuring, 1918-24

7 1919: Revolt Reconsidered

8 Dissent and Descent: Labour Politics in Calgary, 1918-24

9 The Limits of Labour, 1925-9

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

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