A Nation of Immigrants: Women, Workers, and Communities in Canadian History, 1840s-1960s


513 pages
Contains Bibliography
ISBN 0-8020-7482-0
DDC 971




Edited by Franca Iacovetta, with Paula Draper and Robert Ventresca
Reviewed by Joseph Garcea

Joseph Garcea is a professor of political Studies at the University of


Collectively, the articles that make up this collection provide readers
with some important insights into various aspects of Canadian
immigration history from the 1840s until the 1960s. The book, which
includes reprints of previously published articles by such renowned
immigration historians as Irving Abella, Robert F. Harney, Howard
Palmer, and Harold Troper, is organized into eight major chapters:
“The Irish in Nineteenth-Century Canada: Class, Culture, and
Conflict,” “American Blacks in Nineteenth-Century Ontario:
Challenging the Stereotypes,” “Settling the Canadian West: The
‘Exotic’ Continentals,” “‘Women’s Work’ Paid Labour,
Community-Building and Protest,” “Men Without Women: ‘Bachelor
Workers’ and Gendered Identities,” “Demanding Rights, Organizing
for Change: Militants and Radicals,” “Encountering the ‘Other’:
Society and State Responses 1900s–1930s,” and “Regulating
Minorities in ‘Hot’ and ‘Cold’ War Contexts, 1939–1960s.”

Academics will appreciate the wealth of references provided in each
chapter, as well as the attention paid to various conceptual and
methodological issues. A Nation of Immigrants will appeal primarily to
those who have a strong interest in immigration matters—particularly
gender, class, and cultural issues.


“A Nation of Immigrants: Women, Workers, and Communities in Canadian History, 1840s-1960s,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed February 29, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/29969.