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Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada


I: About the lesson

II: Setting the scene : Immigration: 1896-1947 An Overview

III: Figuring out the facts : Readings

Figuring out the facts
  1. The Great Boom of 1900 to 1913
  2. Immigration, the Railroad, and the West
  3. Chinese Immigrants
  4. Mackenzie King and the Plight of Jewish Refugees
  5. i) Clifford Sifton, Minister of the Interior: Peasant in a Sheep-skin
    Coat, and ii) Stephen Leacock: The Immigration Problem
  6. Status of Aliens in the Canadian Citizenship Act (1947)

IV: Visual Evidence

Visual Evidence
  1. Cartoon The Canadian West: An Irresistible Attraction
  2. Photograph of immigrant homestead in the West
  3. Photograph of Doukhobor settlement in Manitoba
  4. Publications distributed by the government to attract immigrants to
  5. Canadian National Railway timetable promoting excursions to the West
  6. Photograph of people denied entry to Canada
  7. Photograph of Head Tax Certificate (1925)
  8. Photograph of Mackenzie King with Canadian Citizenship Certificate (1947)

V: Putting it All Together : Activities

Putting it All Together
  1. Compare and contrast: an account of the Conscription crisis of 1917 by an English-Canadian historian and one written by a French-Canadian historian.
  2. 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?
  3. War Letters: research old war letters, and write a description of life at the front.

VI: Supplementary Resources

Books On Laurier

Réal Bélanger Quand la politique devient passion. Québec: Presses de l'université Laval, 1986.

Richard Clippingdale Laurier: His Life and World. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1979.

Laurier LaPierre Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Romance of Canada. Toronto: Stoddart, 1996.

Joseph Schull Laurier: The First Canadian. Toronto: Macmillan, 1965.

Oscar Douglas Skelton. The Life and Letters of Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1921.

On Mackenzie King

R.M. Dawson. William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Political Biography, Volume I:1874-1923. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1958.

J.L. Granatstein. Mackenzie King: His Life and World. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1977.

H. Blair Neatby. William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Political Biography, Volumes II and III: 1923-1939. Toronto: University of
Toronto Press, 1958.

J.W. Pickersgill and D.F. Forster. The Mackenzie King Record, 1939-1948, Volumes I-IV. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1960-1970.

On the Prime Ministers of Canada

Michael Bliss. Right Honourable Men: The Descent of Canadian Politics from Macdonald to Mulroney. Toronto: Harper Collins, 1994.

J. Granatstein and N. Hillmer. Ranking Canada's Leaders. Toronto: Harper Collins, 1999.