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Dateline Winnipeg 1919 – A Book Review

May 22, 2021
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A unique retelling of the historical general strike may reach new and younger audiences

Michael Dupuis, The Reporter and the Winnipeg General Strike (Vancouver: Granville Island Publishing, 2020), 254 pages (paper), illustrated by Michael Kluckner, $19.95.

We’ve heard many versions of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike story. We’ve read it in history books and graphic novels, seen it in videos and plays, heard it on radio documentaries, and even hummed along to it in a new musical called Stand!. It is not just a historic moment in the ongoing struggle of Canada’s working class; it is the historic moment. Michael Dupuis adds to the versions with a unique approach that promises to stretch the story to new audiences, especially younger ones.

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