The Pioneer Years, 1895-1914

The Pioneer Years, 1895-1914

Memories of Settlers Who Opened the West

Book - 1976
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Publisher: Toronto ; Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1976
ISBN: 9780770111724
Characteristics: viii, 403 p., [12] leaves of plates : ill ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Broadfoot, Barry 1926-2003


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Jun 06, 2012

This is a book of anecdotes, and encompasses a lot of social territory. The compiler, for he's not an author, gets people to tell their stories then gets them typed up by a transcriber, so it seems to me. Not very representative of the mix of cultures that make up the Prairies; in fact, the French had opened up much of the territory this compiler relates to, yet they deserve no mention.
What of the metis, the Europeans, like the Hutterites, etc. I suspect the writer wanted to emulate, Linda Grayson's fabulous work entitled: 'The Wretched of Canada: Letters to R. B. Bennett -- but she seems to offer a more human aspect..
The bison were destroyed by the americans patroling the border (they starved and froze when they feared traversing to the south), And, land claims? What of the communities that were totally decimated, lands taken etc.
Some other books are:
"I am Hutterite" Mary Ann Kirby;
"Strange Empire", J.K. Howard, and Champlains Dream, D.H. Fischer--- for a more fuller understanding. There are a number of Family written books that are interesting as well.

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