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Negotiating Identities in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Montreal

With its focus on sites where identities were forged and contested over crucial decades in Montreal’s history, this collection illuminates the cultural complexity and richness of a modernizing city. Readers will discover the links between identity, place, and historical moment as they meet vagrant women, sailors in port, unemployed men of the Great Depression, elite families, shopkeepers, and reformers, among others. This fascinating study explores the intersections of state, people, and the voluntary sector to elucidate the processes that took people between homes and cemeteries, between families and shops, and onto the streets.

328 pages


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Negotiating Identities in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Montreal / Bettina Bradbury and Tamara Myers

Part 1: Homes and Homelessness

2. Bonds of Friendship, Kinship, and Community: Gender, Homelessness, and Mutual Aid in Early-Nineteenth-Century Montreal / Mary Anne Poutanen

3. Saving the Union's Jack: The Montreal Sailors' Institute and the Homeless Sailor, 1862-98 / Darcy Ingram

4. Keeping Men Out of "Public or Semi-Public" Places: The Montreal Day Shelter for Homeless Men, 1931-34 / Anna Shea and Suzanne Morton

Part 2: Death, Burial, and Widowhood

5. Death, Burial, and Protestant Identity in an Elite Family: The Montreal McCords / Brian Young

6. Widows Negotiate the Law: The First Year of Widowhood in Early-Nineteenth-Century Montreal / Bettina Bradbury

Part 3: Youth, Institutions, and Identities

7. The Ideal Education to Construct an Ideal World: The Dunham Ladies' College and the Anglican Elite of the Montreal Diocese, 1860-1913 / Marie-Eve Harbec, translated by Yvonne Klein

8. On Probation: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Women's Anti-Delinquency Work in Interwar Montreal / Tamara Myers

9. From Tomorrow’s Elite to Young Intellectual Workers: The Search for Identity among Montreal University Students, 1900-58 / Karine Hébert, translated by Steven Watt

Part 4: Selling and Consumption

10. "Behind the Store": Montreal Shopkeeping Families Between the Wars / Sylvie Taschereau, translated by Yvonne Klein

11. A Ritual Transformed: Women Sm

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