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How the West Was Really Won – A Book Review

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July 5, 2018
How the West Was Really Won – A Book Review

Richard White, The Republic for Which It Stands(New York: Oxford, 2017). Western historian Richard White has long provided us with insights into why the United States are the way they are. In Railroaded, he described the role of the railway barons in bettering and worsening the western United States. In The Organic Machine, he...
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Invoking Labour History to Win in West Virginia – A Strike Analysis

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March 14, 2018
Invoking Labour History to Win in West Virginia – A Strike Analysis

“A union movement in America will always be a scandal (because) the subversive thing about labor is not the strike, but the idea of solidarity.” – Tom Geoghegan in Which Side Are You On? The nine-day West Virginia teachers’ strike that ended on March 7, 2018, revealed how workers can and will invoke labour history to...
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Beware the Creeping Nazi Beast – A TV Review

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February 26, 2018
Beware the Creeping Nazi Beast – A TV Review

Babylon Berlin, the 16-part TV series released on Netflix in late January 2018, may be the best television since Deadwood and possibly better that Breaking Bad, two of my favourites. Europe seems to think so and the North American reviews are generally positive. The New York Times predicts that it will become “an international...
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Hail a Canadian Labour Hero – A Book Review

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April 5, 2017
Hail a Canadian Labour Hero – A Book Review

Jon Bartlett and Rika Reubsaat, Soviet Princeton: Slim Evans and the 1932-33 Miners’ Strike (Vancouver: New Star Books, 2016), 126 pp., $19 paper. Arthur “Slim” Evans has long been a notable figure in Canadian labour history, most often associated with the famed On-to-Ottawa Trek that he led in 1935 in an effort to improve conditions in the...
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Labour rebels shaped BC history – A book review

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April 21, 2016
Labour rebels shaped BC history – A book review

Mark Leier, Rebel Life: The Life and Times of Robert Gosden, revised edition (Vancouver: New Star, 2013), 183 pages, soft cover, $21; Laura Ellyn, Ginger Goodwin: A Worker’s Friend (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2016), 114 pages, soft cover, $23.95 It’s a minor miracle that labour historian Mark Leier’s revision of his original 1999 book...
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Sudbury’s union war – A Book Review

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November 10, 2014
Sudbury’s union war – A Book Review

Mick Lowe, The Raids: The Nickel Range Trilogy, Volume 1 (Montreal: Baraka Books, 2014), 294 pages, $19.95. News reporter turned novelist Mick Lowe has produced the first of a promised trilogy of labour history novels set in Northern Ontario that might be closer to truth than to fiction. As a long-time reporter in the...
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The Underpants Speech – A Work in Progress

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July 23, 2014
The Underpants Speech – A Work in Progress

Justice Minister Louis St. Laurent, destined to be Canada’s prime minister, made no secret of his dislike for Communists. In mid-March 1948, he officially announced that “Canada is cracking down on labour-union communists fleeing from the anti-communist Taft-Hartley labor law of the U.S.”Both the Trades and Labour Congress (TLC) and the Canadian Congress of...
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A madcap romp through America – A Book Review

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July 23, 2014
A madcap romp through America – A Book Review

Bill Bryson, One Summer – America 1927 (New York: Anchor Books, 2013), 509 pages (paper). I joyously devoured Bill Bryson’s latest book on America in which he manages to squeeze 509 pages (counting the index) out of five months, May to September 1927. Turns out it wasn’t that difficult since those particular months times...
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Graphic history reaches new audiences

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July 1, 2014

Graphic History Collective, May Day: A Graphic History of Protest (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2012), 32 pages (paper), no price given. One of the many often unfulfilled goals of the modern trade union movement has been to find ways to reach out to young people in hopes of replenishing the diminishing ranks of an...
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“Joe Hill” visits the Big Apple

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April 24, 2014
“Joe Hill” visits the Big Apple

My short video documentary, “Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout” has been accepted at the Workers’ Unite Film Festival in New York City next month. It is on the program with Sasha Reuther’s excellent feature documentary “Brothers on the Line.” http://www.workersunitefilmfestival.org/Official Select WUff 2014 WUFF program – Joe Hill
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