Hard Work Conquers All: Building the Finnish Community in Canada

Hard Work Conquers All: Building the Finnish Community in Canada

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Overview

Above the entrance to the Finnish Labour Temple in Thunder Bay is the motto labor omnia vincit – “hard work conquers all” – reflecting the dedication of the Finnish community in Canada. Hard Work Conquers All examines Finnish community building in Canada during the twentieth century. Waves of immigrants imbued the relationship between people, homeland, and host country with the politics, ideologies, and cultural expressions of their time. This collection of essays explores the cultural identities of Finnish Canadians, their ties to Finland, intergenerational cultural transfer, and the community’s connections with socialism and labour movements. It offers new interpretations of the influence of Finnish immigration on Canada.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774834681
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 12/19/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michel S. Beaulieu is associate professor in the Department of History at Lakehead University. David K. Ratz teaches in the Department of History at Lakehead University. Ronald Harpelle is professor in the Department of History at Lakehead University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Writing about Finnish Canadian Experiences / Michel S. Beaulieu, David K. Ratz, and Ronald N. Harpelle

1. The Finnish Contribution to Early Canadian Socialist Organizations / Michel S. Beaulieu
2. Matti Kurikka and the Utopian Socialist Settlement of Sointula, British Columbia / J. Donald Wilson
3. Finnish Canadian Soldiers in the First World War / David K. Ratz
4. Wrestling, Immigration, and Working-Class Culture: The Finns of the Thunder Bay District before 1939 / C. Nathan Hatton
5. “I Won’t Be a Slave!”: Finnish Domestics in Canada, 1911–30 / Varpu Lindström
6. “Dear Jussi-Seta ...”: Generation, Language, and Community in the Youth Page of Vapaus, 1945–60 / Tanya Tuohimaa
7. Terveisiä: A Century of Finnish Immigrant Letters from Canada / Samira Saramo
8. Cookbooks for Upstairs: Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Perspective / Hanna Snellman
9. From Bush to Bay Street: The Finnish Community of Thunder Bay as Memories, Narratives, and Experiences / Antti Häkkinen

Afterword / Michel S. Beaulieu, David K. Ratz, and Ronald N. Harpelle
Notes
Contributors
Index

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