Producers versus Profiteers: The Politics of Class in Newfoundland during the First World War

O'Brien, Mike (2011) Producers versus Profiteers: The Politics of Class in Newfoundland during the First World War. Acadiensis, 40 (1). pp. 45-69. ISSN 0044-5851

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Abstract

During the First World War a widespread public impression that merchants were taking advantage of the conflict to extract excessive profits became a major issue in Newfoundland politics, and a cause of widespread public discontent. The Fishermen's Protective Union and other labour organizations were able to use the profiteering issue as a catalyst for political mobilization, and by 1917 had succeeded in forcing the state to take a greater role in regulating the economy. While their gains turned out to be short-lived, the episode marked a significant moment in the history of collective action by Newfoundland's labouring classes.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/420
Item ID: 420
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > History
Date: December 2011
Date Type: Publication

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