Great Plains Studies, Center for


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Great Plains Quarterly 33:2 (Spring 2013)


© 2013 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska


Working People in Alberta can be divided into three main parts. Two relatively short chapters comprise the first part, summarizing what is known about the working lives of Aboriginals in what we now call Alberta prior to contact with Europeans, and the experiences of workers during the period of the fur trade and early European settlement. The second part is the bulk of the book: six chapters presenting a detailed chronological history from 1885 to 2010 that melds labor history, social history, and political economy. Two additional chapters, comprising the third part, highlight important themes (namely “Women and Labour” and “Racialization and Work”) that are sometimes lost in the shuffle of the preceding chronological chapters.