The History of Immigration and Racism in Canada
This outstanding collection examines the complex and disturbing history of immigration and racism in Canada. Major themes include Native/non-Native contact, migration and settlement in the nineteenth century, immigrant workers and radicalism, human rights, internment during WWII, and racism of the present day.
The readings are divided into five cohesive sections:
- Natives and Newcomers in Early Canada
- Space and Racialized Communities
- Dangerous Others—Non-Citizens and the State
- Gate-keeping—Enemies Without and Within
- The Post-War Era—New Rights and New Racisms
This book is destined to make its mark in History departments across the country and will also be of interest to students and researchers in Canadian Studies, Sociology, Demography, Political Science, and Geography.
Covering racism against Aboriginal people, African-Canadians, and Asian-Canadians, this book provides an excellent resource for faculty and students. The well-chosen articles include classics, as well as groundbreaking new research.
Catherine Carstairs, University of Guelph
I am delighted to have [this material] brought together in a single volume. This volume offers an exciting and compelling collection on a topic of great importance.
Jordan Stanger-Ross, University of Victoria
This book is the first of its kind to provide an in-depth examination of the history of racism and ethnic relations in Canada. Canadians, by and large, have held the view that racism and intolerance have not played such a central and dramatic role in our history. Walker’s anthology offers an important corrective to that view, and it should become a valuable and widely used resource for those studying the history of racism and ethnic relations in Canada.
Grahm Reynolds, Chair, Department of History, Cape Breton University
The strength of this collection lies in its bringing together a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives on the history of immigration and racism. In addition, there is a good mix of established and new scholarship.
Tina Loo, Canada Research Chair, Department of History, University of British Columbia
Ranging widely through time, place, and theme, the essays in this collection effectively meet the need for the kind of incisive, careful scholarship that will inform our understanding of Canadian history, collective identity, and ultimately, national destiny.
Cynthia Comacchio, Wilfrid Laurier University
This collection promises to be a useful source for courses on the history of immigration, ethnicity, and race in Canada and more generally for readers interested in these topics.