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1919 and the Labour Revolt: How Workers Fought for a Different Canada 100 Years Ago

Peterborough Historical Society Lecture
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Peterborough Historical Society Lecture

One hundred years ago, massive unemployment, economic dislocation and social unrest greeted soldiers returning from the First World War. Labour revolt and strikes were widespread across Canada, the most notable being the Winnipeg General Strike of May-June 1919. Peterborough, then a manufacturing town, also witnessed strikes in this year. Trent's Dr. Bryan Palmer will take us back to the aspirations of workers in 1919 when Canada was very different from today. Professor Palmer is a labour historian who has taught at McGill, Queen’s, Simon Fraser, and Trent where he was a senior Canada research chair. He has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 20 books, a number of which have won awards.

Posted on May 1, 2019