Further Reading

By David Buchanan

This page provides a select list of further reading directly relevant to study of the labour press in Canada for the period 1872-1919. I have aimed to do so without creating a list so wide-ranging and unwieldy as to deter additional consideration of the subject. I have therefore not included sources describing, for example, proletarian literature and labour history in Quebec, Britain, and the United States, although such topics are obviously relevant and the resources available extensive. I have included the following general topics: periodicals, labour history, women and labour, Canadian history, industrial capitalism, labour and capital, social protest, labour reform, radicalism, socialism, trades and labour organizations, social criticism, and working-class culture. For supplementary resources online, some of which go well beyond the specific emphasis of this site, see Web Links.

Angus, Ian. Canadian Bolsheviks: An Early History of the Communist Party of Canada. Montreal: Vanguard, 1981.

Bercuson, David. Fools and Wise Men: The Rise and Fall of the One Big Union. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1978.

Bercuson, David J., and David Bright. Canadian Labour History: Selected Readings. Toronto: Copp Clark Longman, 1994.

Berger, Carl. The Writing of Canadian History: Aspects of English-Canadian Historical Writing Since 1900. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1986.

Bucke, Richard Maurice. Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind. Philadelphia: Innés, 1901.

Burr, Christina. Spreading the Light: Work and Labour Reform in Nineteenth-Century Toronto. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1999.

Campbell, Peter. Canadian Marxists and the Search for a Third Way. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 1999.

Canada, Department of Labour. Report of the Royal Commission on Industrial Disputes in the Province of British Columbia. Ottawa: Government Printing Bureau, 1903. Internet Archive. Web. 2 Sep. 2014.

Canada, Royal Commission on the Relations of Labor and Capital. Report of the Royal Commission on the Relations of Labor and Capital in Canada. Ottawa: Senecal, 1889. Early Canadiana Online. Web. 1 Jan. 2014.

The Canadian Industrial Disputes Investigation Act, (1907), Internet Archive, Web, 2 September 2014.

Careless, J.M.S. “Limited Identities in Canada.” Canadian Historical Review 50 (March 1969): 1-10.

Careless, Maurice. “Limited Identities — Ten Years Later.” Manitoba History 1 (Spring 1976): 3-9.

Cook, Ramsay. The Regenerators: Social Criticism in Late Victorian English Canada. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1985.

Cross, Michael S., and Gregory S. Kealey, eds. Canada’s Age of Industry, 1849-1896. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1982. Readings in Canadian Social History 3.

Doyle, James. Progressive Heritage: The Evolution of a Politically Radical Literary Tradition in Canada. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2002.

Draper, Paula Jean. A Nation of Immigrants: Women, Workers, and Communities in Canadian history, 1840s-1960s. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1998.

Elliott, Robbins. “The Canadian Labour Press from 1867: A Chronological Annotated Directory.” Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science 14 (1948): 220-48.

Filewood, Alan. Committing Theatre: Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in Canada. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2011.

Fleming, Patricia Lockhart, and Yvan Lamonde, eds. History of the Book in Canada. 3 vols. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2004.

Forsey, Eugene. Trade Unions in Canada 1812-1902. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1982.

Frager, Ruth A. Discounted Labour: Women Workers in Canada, 1870-1939. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2005.

Frank, David, and Nolan Reilly. “The Emergence of the Socialist Movement in the Maritimes, 1899-1916.” Labour/Le Travail 4 (1979): 85-114.

Fudge, Judy. Labour Before the Law: The Regulation of Workers’ Collective Action in Canada, 1900-1948. Toronto: Oxford UP, 2001.

Gerson, Carole. Canadian Women in Print, 1750-1918. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2010.

Hann, Russell G., et al. Primary Sources in Canadian Working Class History. Kitchener: Dumont, 1973.

Heron, Craig. The Canadian Labour Movement: A Brief History. 3rd ed. Toronto: Lorimer, 2012.

—, ed. The Workers’ Revolt in Canada, 1917-1925. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1998.

Homel, Gene Howard. “Fading Beams of the Nineteenth Century: Radicalism and Early Socialism in Canada’s 1890s.” Labour/Le Travail 5 (Spring 1980): 7-32.

Irvine, Dean. Editing Modernity: Women and Little Magazine Cultures in Canada, 1916-1956. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2008.

Janes, Daniela. “Economies of Justice: Workers and Labour Reformers in Late-Victorian Canadian Industrial Fiction.” Thesis. U of Toronto. 2004.

Kealey, Gregory S. Toronto Workers Respond to Industrial Capitalism, 1867-1892. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1980.

—. Workers and Canadian History. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 1995.

Kealey, Gregory S., and Bryan D. Palmer. Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Ontario, 1880-1900. New York: Cambridge UP, 1983.

Kealey, Linda. “Canadian Socialism and the Woman Question.” Labour/Le Travail 13 (Spring 1984): 77-100.

Lacombe, Michele. “Theosophy and the Canadian Idealist Tradition: A Preliminary Exploration.” Journal of Canadian Studies 17 (Summer 1982): 100-17.

Langdon, Steven. The Emergence of the Canadian Working Class Movement 1845-1875. Toronto: New Hogtown P, 1975.

Mason, Jody. Writing Unemployment: Worklessness, Mobility, and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century Canadian Literatures. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013.

Mathews, Robin. “Canada’s Hidden Working-class Literature.” Dimension 31.6 (November 1997): 37-39.

—. Canadian Literature: Surrender or Revolution. Toronto: Steel Rail, 1978. Print.

McCormack, A. Ross. Reformers, Rebels, and Revolutionaries: The Western Canadian Radical Movement, 1899-1919. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1977.

McDonald, Larry.Socialism and the English Canadian Literary Tradition.” Essays on Canadian Writing 68 (Summer 1999): 213-41.

McDougall, Robert L. A Study of Canadian Periodical Literature of the Nineteenth Century. Toronto: N.p., 1950.

McKay, Ian. “For a New Kind of History: A Reconnaissance of 100 Years of Canadian Socialism.” Labour/Le Travail 46 (Fall 2000): 81-87.

—. Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2008.

—. Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada’s Left History. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2005.

McKenzie, Ruth I. “Proletarian Literature in Canada.” Dalhousie Review 19.1 (April 1939): 49-64.

McKillop, A.B. “Who Killed Canadian History: A View from the Trenches.” Canadian Historical Review 80 (June 1999): 269-99.

Mealing, S.R. “The Concept of Social Class and the Interpretation of Canadian History.” Canadian Historical Review 46 (September 1965): 201-18.

Milne, J.M. “History of the Socialist Party of Canada.” 1973. Socialist History Project. South Branch. Web. 17 Apr. 2014.

Morton, Desmond. Working People: An Illustrated History of the Canadian Labour Movement. 5th ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2007.

Newell, Peter. The Impossibilists: A Brief Profile of the Socialist Party of Canada. London: Athena, 2008.

Newton, Janice. The Feminist Challenge to the Canadian Left, 1900-1918. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 1995.

Palmer, Bryan D. A Culture in Conflict: Skilled Workers and Industrial Capitalism in Hamilton, Ontario, 1860-1914. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 1979.

—. Labouring Canada: Class, Gender, and Race in Canadian Working-Class History. Don Mills: Oxford UP, 2008.

—. “Review Essay: Rhyming Reds and Fractious Fictions: Canada’s Heritage of Literary Radicalism.” American Review of Canadian Studies 34.1 (2004): 99-128.

—. Working-Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1992.

‪—.Working-Class Experience: The Rise and Reconstitution of Canadian Labour, 1800-1980. Toronto: Butterworth, 1983.

—, ed. The Character of Class Struggle: ‪Essays in Canadian Working-Class History, 1850-1985. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1986. Canadian Social History Series.

—, ed. Labouring the Canadian Millennium: Writings on Work and Workers, History, and Historiography. St. John’s: Canadian Committee on Labour History, 2000.

Penner, Norman. Winnipeg, 1919: The Strikers’ Own History of the Winnipeg General Strike. Toronto: Lewis and Samuel, 1973.

Pentland, H. Clare. Labour and Capital in Canada. Toronto: Lorimer, 1981.

Rifkind, Candida. Comrades and Critics: Women, Literature, and the Left in 1930s Canada. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2009.

Rimstead, Roxanne. Remnants of Nation: Poverty Narratives by Women. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2001.

Roberts, Wayne. Honest Womanhood: Feminism, Femininity and Class Consciousness Among Toronto Working Women, 1893-1914. Toronto: New Hogtown P, 1976.

Robin, Martin. Radical Politics and Canadian Labour 1880-1930. Kingston: Industrial Relations Centre, Queen’s University, 1968.

Shore, Marlene, ed. The Contested Post: Reading Canada’s History. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2002.

Stock, Brian. “English Canada: The Visible and Invisible Cultures.” Canadian Forum 52 (March 1973): 30-31.

Sutherland, Fraser. The Monthly Epic: A History of Canadian Magazines 1789–1989. Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1989.

Thompson, T. Phillips. The Politics of Labor. 1890. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1975.

—. “Thoughts and Suggestions on the Social Problem and Things in General (1888-1889).” Labour/Le Travail 35 (Spring 1995): 237-72.

—, ed. The Labour Reform Songster. Philadelphia: Journal of the Knights of Labour, 1892.

Vautour, Bart. “Writing Left: The Emergence of Modernism in Canadian Literature.” PhD Dissertation. Halifax: Dalhousie U, 2011.

Verzuh, Ron. Radical Rag: The Pioneer Labour Press in Canada. Ottawa: Steel Rail, 1988.

Vipond, Mary. “Blessed are the Peacemakers: The Labour Question in Canadian Social Gospel Fiction.” Journal of Canadian Studies 10 (Aug 1975): 32-43.

Watt, F. W. “The Growth of Proletarian Literature in Canada, 1872-1920.” Dalhousie Review 40.2 (1960): 157-73.

—. “Literature of Protest.” Literary History of Canada: Canadian Literature in English. Ed. Carl F. Klinck. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1965. 457-73.

—. “The National Policy, the Workingman, and Proletarian Ideas in Victorian Canada.” Canadian Historical Review 40 (March 1959): 1-26.

—. “Radicalism in English Canadian Literature Since Confederation.” Thesis. U of Toronto, 1957.

Weinrich, Peter. Social Protest from the Left in Canada, 1870-1970. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1982.

Weir, Robert F. Beyond Labor’s Veil: The Culture of the Knights of Labor. University Park: Pennsylvania State UP, 1996.