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Christie Pits
Call No: YA FIC MICc

Call NumberYA FIC MICc
Dates[2019]; ©2019
Statement of Responsibilitywritten by Jamie Michaels ; artwork by Doug Fedrau.
Creators & ContributorsMichaels, Jamie (author)
Fedrau, Doug (illustrator)
Abella, Irving M. (contributor)
Summary"On a warm summer’s night in 1933, in a bustling urban city, a group of bigots brandishing a homemade swastika flag went to a public park to antagonize a group of predominantly Jewish and Italian immigrants. Violence erupted. 10,000 people filled the streets. A brawl of improvised weapons and bare fists crowded the night. The city was Toronto. A gritty ride through Toronto’s immigrant neighbourhoods, Christie Pits tells the incredible true history of when young Jewish and Italian immigrants squared off against Nazi-inspired thugs on the streets of Toronto. Each chapter follows a young person in the lead up to the riotexploring the complexities and nuances of their day-to-day lives in a decade where prejudice and discrimination were endemic. The art and narrative behind the 10,000-person race riot is informed through archival research and first-hand interviews, lending historical depth to a previously untold story of resistance against hatred. It was then, and is now, the largest single eruption of ethnic violence in Post-Confederation Canadian history. In the aftermath of the physicality, Mayor William James Stewart declared his intention to prosecute the display of the swastika, one of the nation’s first anti-hate speech policies, albeit an embryonic one." Publisher
ContentsIntroduction / Irving Abella
  1. The Mouth & the Headlines
  2. The Professor
  3. Heavyweights & Lightweights
  4. The Matriarch & the Past
  5. The Revolutionary
  6. The Good Boy
Epilogue: Breakfast of Champions
Physical Description 140 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherWinnipeg : Dirty Water Comics
EditionFirst Edition
NotesIncludes bibliographical references
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by Shannon LaBelle & Kevin Forbes