The Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917

Roy Parker


Roy Parker

Distributed for Bristol University Press

376 pages
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781847426680 Published January 2010 For sale in North and South America only
This book explores the economic, religious, political and personal forces that led to some 80,000 British children being sent to Canada between 1867 and 1915. How did this come about? What were the motives and methods of the people involved? Why did it come to an end? What effects did it have on the children involved and what eventually became of them? These are the questions Roy Parker explores in this meticulously researched work. His book - humane and highly professional - will capture and hold the interest of many: the academic, the practitioner and the general reader.
Part one: Setting the scene
The background
Early initiatives

Part two: Setbacks and anxieties
Checks and balances
The issue of inspection

Part three: The field expands
The second wave of organised Protestant child emigration
The Catholic response
The 'unorganised' emigrationists

Part four: The Canadian dimension
The Canadian demand for child labour
Canadian opposition to child immigration
The management of the opposition in Canada

Part five: The ambiguities and obfuscation
The reformatories and industrial schools

Part six: The children and their parents
What befell the children
Parents' rights, consent and legislation

Part seven: A chapter closes
Into the twentieth century

Part eight: A review
Explanation and assessment
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