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1919: The Canadian Labour Revolt

Document type Article
Author Kealey, Gregory S.
Journal Labour / Le Travail
Volume 13
Date 1984 Spring
ISSN 0700-3862
Pages 11-44


This essay attempts to place Canadian workers' 1919 militancy in a national and international context. Utilizing freshly compiled strike data and focusing on events outside of Winnipeg, the paper argues that the 1919 revolt was nation-wide and part of the international post-war revolutionary upsurge. The new prominence of women and immigrant workers, reflecting the drive for industrial unionism, is emphasized.