The History Of Canada Series: Trouble On Main Street: Mackenzie King Reason Race And The 1907 Vancouver Riots by Julie F GilmourThe History Of Canada Series: Trouble On Main Street: Mackenzie King Reason Race And The 1907 Vancouver Riots by Julie F Gilmour

The History Of Canada Series: Trouble On Main Street: Mackenzie King Reason Race And The 1907…

byJulie F Gilmour

Hardcover | April 22, 2014

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The weather September 7, 1907 was hot and tempers were short. British  Columbians had always been sensitive to Asian immigration and had become increasingly  fearful over the summer. More Japanese immigrants were coming to B.C. and rumours  smouldered of massive labour contracts for the projected Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.

Like the citizens of Seattle and San Francisco, the residents of Vancouver had established a  bipartisan Asiatic Exclusion League aimed at Japanese, Chinese, and South Asian immigrants  in order to protect “White Canada.” The league had widespread support among trade  union organizations and churches, and so a parade during the Labour Day weekend was  scheduled. The result was a violent riot that drew the world’s attention to Vancouver, to  Canadian immigration policy, and to Britain’s 1902 alliance with the Japanese.

Historian Julie Gilmour traces the impact of these events on the life and work of future  prime minister W.L. Mackenzie King, and on Canada’s relationships with Britain, the  United States , China, Japan, and India. King’s involvement with the commissions set up to  evaluate the damages incurred during the riots led to his interest in opium suppression and  immigration control, and clarified his own sense of Canada’s role in the empire. Trouble on  Main Street portrays a nation, and a time, at once relatively recent and shockingly unrecognizable.  Over a century later, the links between local pressures, policy, and international  events provide insight into current debates on terror, immigration, and Canadian security.

Julie F. Gilmour received her Ph.D. in Canadian history from the University of Toronto. Her thesis, “The Kind of People Canada Wants: Canada and the Displaced Persons, 1943–53”, was a study of the movement of “displaced persons” to Canada after World War II. Gilmour is currently Assistant Professor, Trinity College, University of Toron...
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Title:The History Of Canada Series: Trouble On Main Street: Mackenzie King Reason Race And The 1907…Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.3 × 6.5 × 0.87 inPublished:April 22, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670065129

ISBN - 13:9780670065127

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