The conscription crises during the two World Wars
II: Setting the scene
Laurier House and Canada during the Two World Wars
III: Figuring out the facts : Readings
Figuring out the facts
- Letter from Prime Minister Laurier to Mr. Rowell, Leader of the Ontario Liberal party
- A sad Meeting
- Mackenzie King's diary
- Jack Granatstein on the Prime Ministers: Later-day account
IV: Visual Evidence
- Newspaper editorial from Le Devoir, circa 1917 (Henri Bourassa)
- Photo of young recruits, 1917
- Recruitment poster, 1917
- Cartoon of Mackenzie King "Conscription if necessary..."
V: Putting it All Together : Activities for students
Putting it All Together
- Compare and contrast: an account of the Conscription crisis of 1917 by an English-Canadian historian and one written by a French-Canadian historian.
- Discussion of 1917 editorial: What would you think of this war if you had grown up in Quebec? If you had grown up in English-Canada?
- War Letters: research old war letters, and write a description of life at the front.
VI: Supplementary Resources