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The Prairie West as Promised Land - Bradford James Rennie

The Prairie West as Promised Land

By: Bradford James Rennie (Contribution by), Doug Owram (Contribution by), R. Douglas Francis (Contribution by), Chris Kitzan (Contribution by), Steve Hewitt (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2007
ISBN: 9781552382301
Number Of Pages: 486

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So the emblem of the West Our bright Maple Leaf is bless'd To its children of the goodly open hand; All the nations of the earth Are now learning of its worth And are flocking to this wealthy, promised land. - The Sugar Maple Tree Song, 1906 In 1906, the Sugar Maple Tree Song was just one example of the rhapsodic pieces that touted the Prairie West as the "promised land." In the formative years of agricultural settlement from the late nineteenth century to the First World War, the Canadian government, along with the railways and other Prairie boosters, further developed and propagated this image within the widely distributed promotional literature that was used to attract millions of immigrants to the Canadian West from all corners of the world. Some saw the Prairies as an ideal place to create a Utopian society; others seized the chance to take control of their own destinies in a new and exciting place. The image of the West as a place of unbridled prosperity and opportunity became the dominant perception of the region at that time. During the interwar and post-World War II eras, this image was questioned and challenged, although not entirely replaced, thus showing its pervasive influence.The Prairie West as Promised Land is group of essays, which includes contributions from some of the best-known Prairie historians as well as some of the most promising new scholars in the field, explores this persistent theme in Prairie history and makes an important contribution to the historiography of the Canadian West. With Contributions By: Sarah Carter Catherine A. Cavanaugh Brett Fairbairn Michael Fedyk R. Douglas Francis David Hall SteveHewitt Laurence Kitzan Chris Kitzan George Melnyk Doug Owram Anthony W. Rasporich Bradford J. Rennie Bill Waiser Matthew Wangler Randi Warne

Introductionp. IX
Visions of the Promised Land
The Promise of the West as Settlement Frontierp. 3
Adventurers in the Promised Land: British Writers in the Canadian North West, 1841-1913p. 29
Canada's Rocky Mountain Parks: Rationality, Romanticism, and a Modern Canadap. 53
Clifford Sifton's Vision of the Prairie Westp. 77
Settling the Promised Land
"We Must Farm to Enable Us to Live": The Plains Cree and Agriculture to 1900p. 103
Utopian Ideals and Community Settlements in Western Canada, 1880-1914p. 127
"Land I Can Own": Settling in the Promised Landp. 155
Envisioning the Prairie West as a Perfect Society
The City Yes, The City No: Perfection by Design in the Western Cityp. 177
Land of the Second Chance: Nellie McClung's Vision of the Prairie West as Promised Landp. 199
The Kingdom of God on the Prairies: J.S. Woodsworth's Vision of the Prairie West as Promised Landp. 225
"A Far Green Country Unto a Swift Sunrise": The Utopianism of the Alberta Farm Movement, 1909-1923p. 243
A Promised Land for the "Chosen People"
"No Place for a Woman": Engendering Western Canadian Settlementp. 261
Preaching Purity in the Promised Land: Bishop Lloyd and the Immigration Debatep. 291
Policing the Promised Land: The RCMP and Negative Nation-Building in Alberta and Saskatchewan in the Interwar Periodp. 313
Readjusting the Vision of the Promised Land in the Modern Era
Uncertain Promise: The Prairie Farmer and the Post-War Erap. 335
The Artist's Eye: Modernist and Postmodernist Visualizations of the Prairie Westp. 355
The Dream Still Lives: Promised Land Narratives during the Saskatchewan Golden Jubileep. 379
From Farm to Community: Co-operatives in Alberta and Saskatchewan, 1905-2005p. 405
Notes on Contributorsp. 433
Indexp. 437
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ISBN: 9781552382301
ISBN-10: 1552382303
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 486
Published: 1st September 2007
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.75