Rural Life in Canada: The Church and the Farm Problem, 1913

By John MacDougall; Introduction by Robert Craig Brown

© 1973

The study of the problems of rural life that were thought to underlie eastern agrarian discontent in the first quarter of this century was published originally in 1913 under the auspices of the Board of Social Service and Evangelism of the Presbyterian Church of Canada. It has been republished in an attempt to counter the bias of social historians who tend to emphasize the industrial and urban problems of a changing society. Most Canadians lived in a rural environment not so many years ago and their problems -- depletion of the rural population and its economic and social causes and consequences -- are surveyed here in the special context of the work of the country church.
The 1911 census had shown Canada's rural life to be in peril. The lure of steadily rising wages in urban factories and mills was intensifying the movement away from the country. Political leaders took worried note: "There can be no health in the cities without corresponding health in the country," said the Minister of Agriculture.
The book is a vivid example of the public concern of Canadians over the impact of industrialization and urbanization upon their farming population. The questions it poses and attempts to answer, and the social assumptions behind them, reveal the anxiety of thoughtful citizens that the agricultural roots of their society were being eroded by the attractions of the new era. It is also an interesting period piece in Canadian social history, in that it reflects the values, prejudices, and aspirations of the author and his generation.
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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
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The book is a vivid example of the public concern of Canadians over the impact of industrialization and urbanization upon their farming population.

Rural Life in Canada: The Church and the Farm Problem, 1913

By John MacDougall; Introduction by Robert Craig Brown

© 1973

The study of the problems of rural life that were thought to underlie eastern agrarian discontent in the first quarter of this century was published originally in 1913 under the auspices of the Board of Social Service and Evangelism of the Presbyterian Church of Canada. It has been republished in an attempt to counter the bias of social historians who tend to emphasize the industrial and urban problems of a changing society. Most Canadians lived in a rural environment not so many years ago and their problems -- depletion of the rural population and its economic and social causes and consequences -- are surveyed here in the special context of the work of the country church.
The 1911 census had shown Canada's rural life to be in peril. The lure of steadily rising wages in urban factories and mills was intensifying the movement away from the country. Political leaders took worried note: "There can be no health in the cities without corresponding health in the country," said the Minister of Agriculture.
The book is a vivid example of the public concern of Canadians over the impact of industrialization and urbanization upon their farming population. The questions it poses and attempts to answer, and the social assumptions behind them, reveal the anxiety of thoughtful citizens that the agricultural roots of their society were being eroded by the attractions of the new era. It is also an interesting period piece in Canadian social history, in that it reflects the values, prejudices, and aspirations of the author and his generation.
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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    JOHN MACDOUGALL was born in Ormstown, Quebec, in 1859. He studied at McGill, graduating with 'highest honours in philosophy' and the gold medal in English, and at Presbyterian College in Montreal. After some years as a missionary in China he returned to Canada to begin a long career in the service of rural Presbyterians

    Robert Craig Brown, FRSC, is a professor emeritus in the Department of History and a senior fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto.

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