Raising the Workers' Flag: The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936

By Stephen L. Endicott

© 2012

During the Great Depression, the conflicting interests of capital and labour became clearer than ever before. Radical Canadian workers, encouraged by the Red International of Labour Unions, responded by building the Workers' Unity League – an organization that greatly advanced the cause of unions in Canada, and boasted 40,000 members at its height. In Raising the Workers' Flag, the first full-length study of this robust group, Stephen L. Endicott brings its passionate efforts to light in memorable detail.

Raising the Workers' Flag is based on newly available or previously untapped sources, including documents from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Security Service and the Communist Party's archives. Using these impressive finds, Endicott gives an intimate sense of the raging debates of the labour movement of the 1930s. A gripping account of the League's dreams and daring, Raising the Workers' Flag enlivens some of the most dramatic struggles of Canadian labour history.

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A gripping account of the League's dreams and daring, Raising the Workers' Flag enlivens some of the most dramatic struggles of Canadian labour history.

Raising the Workers' Flag: The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936

By Stephen L. Endicott

© 2012

During the Great Depression, the conflicting interests of capital and labour became clearer than ever before. Radical Canadian workers, encouraged by the Red International of Labour Unions, responded by building the Workers' Unity League – an organization that greatly advanced the cause of unions in Canada, and boasted 40,000 members at its height. In Raising the Workers' Flag, the first full-length study of this robust group, Stephen L. Endicott brings its passionate efforts to light in memorable detail.

Raising the Workers' Flag is based on newly available or previously untapped sources, including documents from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Security Service and the Communist Party's archives. Using these impressive finds, Endicott gives an intimate sense of the raging debates of the labour movement of the 1930s. A gripping account of the League's dreams and daring, Raising the Workers' Flag enlivens some of the most dramatic struggles of Canadian labour history.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.2in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Well-written, accurate and vastly interesting, Endicott’s fascinating new book Raising the Workers’ Flag should attract the attention of active trade unionists and friends of labour… This well-pictured book recounts the history of our most militant national labour federation.’
    Garnet Dishaw
    Our Times Dec-Jan 2013

    'This is a great book, the product of twenty years of intensive labor in the archives by a historian who has an unmatched sensitivity to the complexities and nuances of communism's history. It achieves that rarest of combinations - immaculate scholarship and gifted story-telling.'


    Ian MacKay
    The American Historical Review (2013) 118 (5), 1509-1510

    ‘This is a great book, the product of twenty years of intensive labour in the archives by a historian who had an unmatched sensitivity to the complexities and nuances of communism history. It achieves that rarest of combinations – immaculate scholarship and gifted story-telling.’
    Ian McKay
    The American Historical Review; vol 118:05:2013

    ‘Few historians have tackled their subject with more enthusiasm, insider insight, and eye popping detail than Stephen l. Endicott has done in this first book-length treatment of the Worker’s Unity League(WUL).’


    Ron Verzuh
    BC Studies number 178, summer 2013
  • Author Information

    Stephen L. Endicott is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University.

  • Table of contents

    Table of Contents

    Preface & Acknowledgements

    Chapter 1 Workers in Canada's Second Industrial Revolution
    Chapter 2 The Red International
    Chapter 3 Getting Started
    Chapter 4 Going to 'Mecca'
    Chapter 5 1931: Trial by Fire
    Chapter 6 Red Blairmore
    Chapter 7 1932: Confronting the Prime Minister
    Chapter 8 The First Congress of the Workers' Unity League 1932
    Chapter 9 Women of the Workers' Unity League
    Chapter 10 Hard Rock Miners: Anyox - Flin Flon - Noranda
    Chapter 11 1933: Gaining Momentum
    Chapter 12 Sweatshops and Militancy in the Needle Trades
    Chapter 13 Woodsmen of the West
    Chapter 14 Fishers in the Salish Sea
    Chapter 15 Not Hot Cakes or Foremen - On to Ottawa!
    Chapter 16 Changing Times: the final convention of the WUL
    Chapter 17 Afterword

    Appendixes
    Bibliography
    Photo Credits
    Index

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