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A People's History of Prince Edward Island

Sharpe, Errol
Publisher:  Steel Rail, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1976  
Pages:  252pp   ISBN:  0-88791-003-3
Library of Congress Number:  FC2611.S43   Dewey:  971.7
Resource Type:  Book

The history of Prince Edward from a people's perspective, looking at how tenant farmers, independent merchants, fishermen, workers, and farmers fought ti improve their conditions and improve their society.

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. The first people
The Micmac
2. The first Europeans
The conquerors - La Compaignie de la Nouvelle France- Emerging empires
3. The French regime
Breadbasket for Louisbourg - Expulsion and conquest - The Acadiens - Life on Ile St Jean - The conquest
4. Establishing British control
British North America - The land lottery - The Acadiens - New settlement
5. The American Revolution - pillagers and profiteers
Raids on the Island-The United Empire Loyalists-The struggle for land
6. The Family Compact
The Fanning regime
7. Nation Building - Invasion repulsed
The Society of Loyal Electors - The War of 1812-1814 - The Island in 1812
8. Land monopolies and big business
Life of the early settlers- Lumbering and shipbuilding
9. Education and public demands
Education - demands 1825-1832
10. The fight for land
The tenants organise - Our country's freedom and farmer's right - Hay River meeting - Threatening the establishment - Revolution in the Canadas
11. Victory and defeat
Lord Durham's report - Expanding the liberated zone
12. Responsible government
The new forms - No power, no pay
13. Land reform at the farmer's expense
New political alliances - Confiscation or expropriation - Religion brought into the fray
14. Warfare in the country
Social and political structures- The land commission- The Island Tenants' League
15. Confederation
The golden age- The confederation debates- The railway brings confederation
16. Resource hinterland for imperialism
The bourgeois dream is shattered - The railway- The end of feudalism- The growth of the fishing industry- The decline of manufacturing - Forced depopulation
17. The politics of education and religion
The school system - The Separate School question- The rural district schools
18. People's organisations - Co-operatives and trade unions
Co-operation, a way of life- The farmer's bank- The grain banks- Other co-operatives- The fisherman organise- The trade union movement begins
19. A farmer's diary
A year on the farm
20. Changing empires
Imperialist expansion- Mackenzie King: friend of Rockefeller
21. The years between the wars
New masters- New industry- The great depression- The co-operative movement
22. World war and aftermath
World War II (1939-1945) - The war economy- After the war- Trade unions
23. The merchants' last stand
J Walter Jones, Would be dictator - Jones is over-ruled
24. New rulers gain control
Industrial plunder, the beginning - Potato marketing board- Federal provincial relations
25. Conservative premier- Liberal gifts
The industry robbed - The international unions- The farmers
26. The plan
Researched and planned exploitation- Canadian agriculture, the federal plan - The development plan
27. The plan in operation
28. The struggle- A new stage
The National Farmers' Union, NFU- Public Order Act, Bill 55- Workers and farmers unite
29. The people fight back
Land ownership and control- Control of marketing- The NFU marketing plan- The struggle continues- Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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