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Author Name    Mellor, John.

Title   THE COMPANY STORE: JAMES BRYSON McLACHLAN AND THE CAPE BRETON COAL MINERS, 1900-1925.

Book Condition   Very Good

Jacket Condition   Very Good-

Edition   First Edition

Publisher   Toronto Doubleday Canada 1983

ISBN Number    0385128126 / 9780385128124

Seller ID   28152

362 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "The devastating story of Cape Breton's miners and the strikes they launched against the companies that owned their homes, their possessions, and their churches. Canadians - and the rest of the world - will be shocked by accounts of police brutality and murder, mass demonstrations, rebellion, scandalous politicking, and most of all, desperate poverty and hunger. The miners had always been paid starvation wages by companies that held total monopolies of such towns as Glace Bay. The first time they launched a strike in 1905, soldiers were brought in and machine guns and barbed wire were set up around the mining communities. Credit was cut off from company stores (the only stores). Miners were evicted from company-owned houses (the only houses) in the middle of winter. The death toll was enormous. Strikes over the next fifteen years simply led to continued harrassment and eviction. At one time, the company was permitted, by government order, to employ hundreds of special police, mounted on horseback and supplied with guns and heavy sticks, to batter miners into submission. James Bryson McLachlan was the hero of the Cape Bretoners when he took up their cause and organized strikers and entered into negotiations with the companies. (This) is also his story - and the story of the beginnings of the labour movement for all of Canada." Small Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper, a few tiny dents on bottom of text block, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light browning at edges, light rubbing/soiling on rear panel.

Trade  Unions,  Coal  Miners,  Coal  Mining,  Mines,  Nova  Scotia,  Glace  Bay,  Social  Conditions,  James  Bryson  McLachlan,  Strikes,  Lockouts,  Labour,  Labouring  Classes,  Ernest  Howard  Armstrong,  Silbry  Barrett,  Robert  Baxter,  Blacklistings,  Robert  Laird  Borden,  British  Empire  Steel  Corporation,  Tim  Buck,  Malcolm  Bruce,  Communist  Party  Of  Canada,  District  26  United  Mineworkers  Of  America,  Dominion  Coal  Company,  Dominion  Iron  And  Steel,  G.H.  Duggan,  Duncan  Royal  Commission,  Halifax  Herald,  Colonel  G.S.  Harrington,  Industrial  Disputes  Investigation  Act,  William  Lyon  Mackenzie  King,  H.C.  Levatte,  John  Llewellyn  Lewis,  Red  Dan  Livingstone,  J.E.  McClurg,  Dan  MacDougall,  John  W.  MacLeod,  Maritime  Labour  Herald,  John  Moffatt,  Dan  Willie  Morrison,  New  Waterford  Coal  Mine  Explosion,  Joseph  Aloysius  O'hearn,  Mrs.  Eva  Pemberton,  Provincial  Workmen's  Association,  Red  International  Of  Labour  Union,  Socialism,  Steelworkers,  Sydney  Post,  Trades  And  Labour  Congress,  United  Mineworkers  Of  America,  Forman  Waye,  Winnipeg  General  Strike,  Roy  Mitchell  Wolvin,  J.S.  Woodsworth. 

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