The Great Depression 1929-1939

The Great Depression 1929-1939

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Over 1.5 million Canadians were on relief, one in five was a public dependant, and 70,000 young men travelled like hoboes. Ordinary citizens were rioting in the streets, but their demonstrations met with indifference, and dissidents were jailed. Canada emerged from the Great Depression a different nation.

The most searing decade in Canada's history began with the stock market crash of 1929 and ended with the Second World War. With formidable story-telling powers, Berton reconstructs its engrossing events vividly: the Regina Riot, the Great Birth Control Trial, the black blizzards of the dust bowl and the rise of Social Credit. The extraordinary cast of characters includes Prime Minister Mackenzie King, who praised Hitler and Mussolini but thought Winston Churchill "one of the most dangerous men I have ever known"; Maurice Duplessis, who padlocked the homes of private citizens for their political opinions; and Tim Buck, the Communist leader who narrowly escaped murder in Kingston Penitentiary.

In this #1 best-selling book, Berton proves that Canada's political leaders failed to take the bold steps necessary to deal with the mass unemployment, drought and despair. A child of the era, he writes passionately of people starving in the midst of plenty.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Anchor Canada, 2001, c1990.
Edition: Anchor Canada paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780307374868
0307374866
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive

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rb3221
Mar 22, 2015

Overall a good account but too much political info and not enough of the people who suffered and prevailed through this incredibly tough period in our history.

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Glider4distence
Jun 26, 2013

down.. thinking they making it all up ... dodging but ... riotz c"s allways cool ...
wishing i was up north away and making good dimes .... all of them ... dthem!!! @ 201 central st ride ... VANcd DONT STOP ... N SHAD TUBING THATS ALLL GOOD ... NOT FORN bB around main and of station! @ low buget 4$ life N n!!! pEACE!! EDGE

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johnsankey
Nov 22, 2010

One of Berton's weaker books. His ideology gets in the way of his customary objectivity to show the worst examples of the depression and to blame it on those with money.

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