Peopling the North American City: Montreal, 1840-1900 by Sherry OlsonPeopling the North American City: Montreal, 1840-1900 by Sherry Olson

Peopling the North American City: Montreal, 1840-1900

bySherry Olson, Patricia Thornton

Paperback | June 22, 2011

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Benefiting from Montreal's remarkable archival records, Sherry Olson and Patricia Thornton use an ingenious sampling of twelve surnames to track the comings and goings, births, deaths, and marriages of the city's inhabitants. The book demonstrates the importance of individual decisions by outlining the circumstances in which people decided where to move, when to marry, and what work to do. Integrating social and spatial analysis, the authors provide insights into the relationships among the city's three cultural communities, show how inequalities of voice, purchasing power, and access to real property were maintained, and provide first-hand evidence of the impact of city living and poverty on families, health, and futures. The findings challenge presumptions about the cultural "assimilation" of migrants as well as our understanding of urban life in nineteenth-century North America. The culmination of twenty-five years of work, Peopling the North American City is an illuminating look at the humanity of cities and the elements that determine whether their citizens will thrive or merely survive.
Sherry Olson is a professor emerita in the Department of Geography at McGill University. Patricia Thornton is a professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment at Concordia University.
Title:Peopling the North American City: Montreal, 1840-1900Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 22, 2011Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773538313

ISBN - 13:9780773538313

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent. Olson and Thornton tackle the impressive task of tracing the socio-economic destiny of three community: the French-Canadian, the Irish Catholics and the Protestants of Montreal. Just like the rest of their scholarship, this monograph is detailed, well-written and oh so informative. A must for any students of Montreal history.
Date published: 2017-05-11

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"Voici donc un livre important, imposant avec ses 500 pages et plus, illustré abondamment avec de magnifiques photographies et gravures de l'époque, écrit dans un anglais à la fois élégant, précis et coloré, et qui témoigne amplement de la grande générosi