Last Steps To Freedom: The Evolution of Canadian Racism by John BoykoLast Steps To Freedom: The Evolution of Canadian Racism by John Boyko

Last Steps To Freedom: The Evolution of Canadian Racism

byJohn Boyko

Paperback | November 28, 1998

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To understand Canada one must understand racism, for Canada was born and grew as a racist state. Race riots, segregated schools, racially-based union membership, mass deportations of innocent people, the state sanctioned kidnapping of children, a conscious attempt at cultural genocide and much more have shaped Canada's history. Last Steps to Freedom: The Evolution of Canadian Racism encourages Canadians to look truthfully at their past, admit mistakes, atone for crimes and applaud progress. The book is organized chronologically, by region, and by ethnic group. It traces the experiences of Chinese, Ukranian, Jewish, Japanese, Black, and Native Canadians. In each case, early activities and contributions by groups and individuals are explored. People mysteriously absent from our history books such as Viola Desmond, Big Bear, Ivan Pylipiw, and others are celebrated. The systemic racism against which they struggled is explained.

This is John Boyko's second book. His first, Politics: Conflict and Compromise, quickly became the senior level politics text in secondary schools across Canada. John is the History and Social Science Curriculum Leader and a teacher at Lakefield College School in Lakefield, Ontario.
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Title:Last Steps To Freedom: The Evolution of Canadian RacismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.99 × 5.99 × 0.58 inPublished:November 28, 1998Publisher:J. Gordon Shillingford PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1896239404

ISBN - 13:9781896239408

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This is an important book that all Canadians should read. It is only through examining our past that we might move beyond our smug belief that racism is something that has existed and continues to exist elsewhere. The book is well researched and well written - it is simply a must read.
Date published: 2005-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read!! This book is an excellent resource as it comprehensively explores racism in Canada. It tackles historial realities that Canadians should both be aware of and begin to come to terms with. Certainly one of a kind. A necessary read for any true Canadian!!!
Date published: 1999-09-01

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Segregated schools; racially based union membership; mass deportations of innocent people; state-sanctioned kidnapping of children - all of these have played a role in shaping Canada's history. John Boyko traces the experiences of Chinese, Ukrainian, Jewish, Japanese, black and aboriginal Canadians in Last Steps to Freedom: The Evolution of Canadian Racism. With an exploration of the early contributions of these groups and their struggles, Boyko encourages Canadians to look truthfully at their past, admit mistakes, atone for crimes and applaud progress.