The Laurier Era:
We are beginning our year with an overview of what the world and Canada were like at the turn of the century. We will focus first on Canada during the years prior to World War One and some of the cultural, economic and politcial issues that helped to shape our country.
Key textbook references for this unit will be in both Issues and SHOC as you follow the prescribed readings laid out in the syllabus. Main themes for this class will be:
- Racism and Discrimination - Immigration policies by Borden, Vancouver Riot of 1907, Chinese Head Tax, Komagata Maru Incident, Treatment of Aboriginal peoples including reserves and residential schools.
- Protest and Dissent - Introduction to early civil disobedience includes Nellie McClung and the Famous Five, suffragettes, trade unions
- Hope and Discovery - New inventions of Victorian Era including the car, radio, manufacturing line; medical discoveries including penicillin
- The British Bullies - Canada struggles to stand up to Great Britain as they are forced to fight for the British in South Africa during the Boer War, while the Alaskan panhandle is given away to the Americans.
- Using ONE of the 4 main themes above describe in a couple of sentences - "What was Canada like at the turn of the century?"