Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

...a challenge issued some years ago by Professor A. L. Burt in a Canadian history seminar. He pointed out that the story of the North American West has often been approached with a national bias which ignores the parallel development...

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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1. The Last Best West

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pp. 1-20

...movement into the Canadian West — called the "last best West" by those who responded to the attraction of free land. While predominantly a movement of peoples from eastern Canada and Europe, it attracted over a million Americans. The year 1890 and...

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2. The Farmer's Burden

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pp. 21-31

...development of the American Northwest forecast the expansion possible on the Canadian prairies. Though American immigration literature may have implied otherwise, the existence of a political boundary did not alter the conditions of nature. The climate and soils of the hard spring wheat belt were...

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3. "Organize! O, Organize!"

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pp. 32-53

...societies to improve their position in the economic structure of the country. The story of the grain growers' movement, from its inception in 1901 with the formation of the Territorial Grain Growers' Association and its spread throughout...

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4. The Prewar Crusade for Democracy

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pp. 54-76

...Canadian farmers joined the crusade for greater democracy which was sweeping through North America. The protest against the concentration of wealth and political power in the hands of a capitalistic plutocracy thus spread into the latest frontier...

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5. The Nonpartisan League Invades Canada

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pp. 77-90

...and pledge is practically a duplication of the Nonpartisan League in North Dakota."x Such duplication is not surprising, for the league in Canada was born of the same grievances and advocated the same solutions as the parent organization in the...

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6. The Nonpartisan League in Prairie Politics

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pp. 91-104

...with the nonpartisan concept, nor could the leaguers capture the older party organizations as they had in North Dakota, for there were no direct primary elections. Candidates were selected by party conventions, and parliamentary procedure discouraged an independent legislative attitude. Wherever the league...

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7. The War Years

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pp. 105-127

...pacifist indoctrination had created an illusion of security and an optimism which the events of August 1914 rudely shattered. Western civilization faced the catastrophe of 1914 with shocked disbelief, and the farmers of the prairies shared the worldwide...

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8. Revolt on the Prairies

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pp. 128-151

...restlessness, and discontent. The Great Crusade had, ended victoriously, but victory failed to bring the promised "new world" that had called forth unstinted devotion and prolonged sacrifice. The Canadian West was infected with the same restless...

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9. The Farmers in Politics

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pp. 152-178

...Certainly, the prime minister seemed anxious during the months following the election to bring certain sympathetic Progressives into the Liberal cabinet. Mackenzie King looked upon the majority of Progressives as an...

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10. The Progressive Heritage

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pp. 179-192

...generation. The prime minister denounced the Progressives as "political outlaws" who made the West "ridiculous." Liberals made every effort to capture western votes, for they were essential to a strengthened liberalism in the House of...

Bibliography

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pp. 193-198

Index

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pp. 199-204