Canada's Rural Majority: Households, Environments, and Economies, 1870-1940

By R.W. Sandwell

© 2016

Before the Second World War, Canada was a rural country. Unlike most industrializing countries, Canada’s rural population grew throughout the century after 1871 – even if it declined as a proportion of the total population. Rural Canadians also differed in their lives from rural populations elsewhere. In a country dominated by a harsh northern climate, a short growing season, isolated households and communities, and poor land, they typically relied on three ever-shifting pillars of support: the sale of cash crops, subsistence from the local environment, and wage work off the farm.

Canada’s Rural Majority is an engaging and accessible history of this distinctive experience, including not only Canada’s farmers, but also the hunters, gardeners, fishers, miners, loggers, and cannery workers who lived and worked in rural Canada. Focusing on the household, the environment, and the community, Canada’s Rural Majority is a compelling classroom resource and an invaluable overview of this understudied aspect of Canadian history.

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  • Series: Themes in Canadian History
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.6in x 0.9in x 8.5in
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Canada’s Rural Majority is an engaging and accessible history of the distinctive experience of Canada's rural population, including not only farmers, but also hunters, gardeners, fishers, miners, loggers, and cannery workers who lived and worked in rural Canada.

Canada's Rural Majority: Households, Environments, and Economies, 1870-1940

By R.W. Sandwell

© 2016

Before the Second World War, Canada was a rural country. Unlike most industrializing countries, Canada’s rural population grew throughout the century after 1871 – even if it declined as a proportion of the total population. Rural Canadians also differed in their lives from rural populations elsewhere. In a country dominated by a harsh northern climate, a short growing season, isolated households and communities, and poor land, they typically relied on three ever-shifting pillars of support: the sale of cash crops, subsistence from the local environment, and wage work off the farm.

Canada’s Rural Majority is an engaging and accessible history of this distinctive experience, including not only Canada’s farmers, but also the hunters, gardeners, fishers, miners, loggers, and cannery workers who lived and worked in rural Canada. Focusing on the household, the environment, and the community, Canada’s Rural Majority is a compelling classroom resource and an invaluable overview of this understudied aspect of Canadian history.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Themes in Canadian History
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.6in x 0.9in x 8.5in
  • Author Information

    R.W. Sandwell is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Rediscovering Canada’s Rural Majority 1870-1940

    Chapter 2: The Canadian Shield

    Chapter 3: The St. Lawrence Valley and Southern Great Lakes Region

    Chapter 4: The Central Canadian Plain

    Chapter 5: The Mountains

    Chapter 6: The Canadian Coast

    Conclusion

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