Gold Dust On His Shirt: The True Story of an Immigrant Mining Family by Irene HowardGold Dust On His Shirt: The True Story of an Immigrant Mining Family by Irene Howard

Gold Dust On His Shirt: The True Story of an Immigrant Mining Family

byIrene Howard

Paperback | November 5, 2008

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Gold Dust on His Shirt is an evocative telling of the experience of a Scandinavian immigrant family of hard-rock miners at the turn of the century and up to World War II. Based on fascinating historical research, these are tales of arriving in 'Amerika,' blasting the Grand Trunk Pacific railway, work in the mines, and domestic life and labour struggles in company towns throughout British Columbia.

Part family history, part economic and social history, Gold Dust on His Shirt is an intriguing look at life on the industrial frontier, the world of immigrant workers and the rise of unions such as the Wobblies. This remarkable and provocative tale of a family, region and era references a number of broader social and political issues.

Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to Scandinavian parents, Irene Howard has devoted her writing career to combining her interest in labour and immigrant history with her love of literature. She has been an English instructor and has broadcast talks for the CBC and written articles and essays for Canadian magazines and journals. She is the author of several books, including The Struggle for Social Justice in British Columbia: Helena Gutteridge, the Unknown Reformer, which in 1993 won the University of British Columbia Silver Medal for Canadian Biography and was shortlisted for a City of Vancouver Book Award and the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.

Title:Gold Dust On His Shirt: The True Story of an Immigrant Mining FamilyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:November 5, 2008Publisher:Between the LinesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897071450

ISBN - 13:9781897071458

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Table of Contents

  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1: Coyote Holes and Black Powder: Drilling and Blasting for the Grand Trunk Pacific
  • Chapter 2: Sarah Erika Hansdotter: Discovering My Uppstudsig Grandmother
  • Chapter 3: To Amerika and the House on English Hill
  • Chapter 4: The Norns, the GTP, and Her Beautiful Black Hair
  • Chapter 5: The Cabin on Hudson Bay Mountain
  • Chapter 6: The Saga of Ingeborg-Oline Aarvik
  • Chapter 7: The Saga of Ingeborg-Oline Aarvik
  • Chapter 8: Children of the Empire: Life and Death and Bitter Strikes
  • Chapter 9: Diamond Flush and the Blowtorch Solution: Polaris Taku and Other Adventures
  • Chapter 10: Searching for My Home Town: Pioneer and Bralorne Mines, 1997
  • Chapter 11: The Price of Free Gold
  • Sources
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"Easily one of the most impressive family memoirs ever written about a B.C. working class family...Theirs is an epic tale of perseverance, superbly told, as a celebration of dignity."