A coat of many colours : two centuries of Jewish life in Canada
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A coat of many colours : two centuries of Jewish life in Canada
Call No: 971.004924 A14c

Call Number971.004924 A14c
Dates[1990]; ©1990
Statement of ResponsibilityIrving Abella.
Creators & ContributorsAbella, Irving M. (author)
Canadian Museum of Civilization (contributor)
Summary"From Halifax to Victoria, the scope of Canadian Jewish history is rich and diverse. Jewish fur traders preceded the arrival of the English in Upper Canada, Victoria was the first city in British North America to have a Jewish mayor, Jewish women's groups were among the first in Canada to create charitable societies, and workers across the country today are benefiting from the efforts of the early Jewish labour movement in the early 1900s. In the 1930s and 40s, however, anti-semitic factions gained strength throughout the country, and as recently as the 1950s Jews were barred from certain professions, hotels and clubs. Yet the society that emerged from those dark years is a varied and creative mix, a veritable 'coat of many colours' of people, traditions and occupations. Illustrated with over 300 photographs and with a text by one of Canada's leading authorities on Canadian Jewish history, this [book] presents a surprising and little-known history of a people." —Book jacket
  1. The First Generation, 1738–1810
  2. The Struggle for Equality, 1810–1840
  3. The Golden Age, 1840–1860
  4. Pioneers on the Pacific, 1858–1890
  5. Conquering the Prairies, 1880–1910
  6. Creating a Community, 1880–1914
  7. Era of Organization, 1914–1930
  8. The Dark Years, 1930–1945
  9. New Horizons, 1945–1990
Physical Description 248 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherToronto : Lester & Orpen Dennys
EditionFirst Edition
  • Published in conjunction with a travelling exhibition entitled: "A Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada," mounted by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1990
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [237]–239) and index