Between the Red and the Rockies / Grant MacEwan.

  • MacEwan, Grant [author] [aut]
  • Toronto : University of Toronto Press [2019]
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1 online resource (312 p.)
  • 9781487576271
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  • restricted access online access with authorization
  • In English.
  • Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 26. Nov 2019)
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  • Frontmatter -- Preface -- Contents -- Maps -- 1. The Fur Traders' Empire -- 2. The Agricultural Explorers -- 3. Retreating Frontiers -- 4. A Trail of Steel -- 5. The Tide of Settlement -- 6. King Wheat -- 7. The Cattle Kingdom -- 8. Klondike Beef -- 9. Chuck-Wagon Romance -- 10. Dress Parade -- 11. Education and Experiment -- 12. The Agricultural Revolution -- 13. Changing Ways -- 14. Union for Strength -- 15. A One-Crop Country? -- 16. Depression and Recovery -- 17. Today and Tomorrow -- Index
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  • Canadian agriculture began in the East and moved westward at an irregular pace. In contrast to the western aborigines, who were a non-agricultural race, the eastern tribes of Indians cultivated a little land and grew several species of crops for the purpose of supplementing the wild meat in their diets. Similarly the first white agricultural settlements were on the Atlantic coast, and for three centuries the West was left to the fur traders. But once started, the western wheat fields extended at a rate which had no parallel in world history. All Canadian life was affected. In a very real sense, wheat built a nation. In the years which followed Confederation, events west of Red River were of the greatest political significance to Canada. One has but to recount the uprisings of 1870 and 1885, the establishment of law and order by the mounted police, the formulation of Indian policies, the ambitious rail construction, the feverish expansion when immigration was at its peak, the wealth produced in the western grain fields, and the hardships and losses during the drought years. Indeed the record, imperfect as it may be, has much of practical value to offer. The best plans for agriculture's future in this land will not be drawn without an understanding of its past, the mistakes and the triumphs. A review of western agriculture, with its ups and downs, should help farming people and others to strike a happier balance between the buoyant optimism of 1909 and the deathlike pessimism of 1937. The next fifty years may not witness such dramatic changes as the past half-century produced, but it is to be hoped that the changes will be along sound lines, with broader interest in diversification, a determination to conserve soil, and a new emphasis upon homes.

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