Newfoundland labour and World War I: the emergence of the Newfoundland Industrial Workers' Association

McInnis, Peter S. (1987) Newfoundland labour and World War I: the emergence of the Newfoundland Industrial Workers' Association. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The story of the Newfoundland Industrial Workers' Association (NIWA) is one which has largely been passed over in the writing of the island's labour history. Yet this organization figures prominently in the events which helped shape the labour-capital relationship during the World War I years. As the Canadian and international record will testify, these years were critically important to the development of modern working-class organizations, while maintaining a direct link to the previous struggles of an earlier era. Centred in St. John's, but exerting an Island-wide influence, the NIWA arose out of a pressing need for working people to confront the economic and political realities of their class in a manner intended to redress the subservient and exploitive circumstances to which they were subjected. This thesis examines the NIWA in terms of its structure, membership, and mandate and attempts to place this movement into the larger context of the international labour revolt of 1917 to 1920. In doing so, it argues that class formation, development, and conflict is central to history.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5541
Item ID: 5541
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 248-260.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > History
Date: 1987
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Newfoundland Industrial Workers' Association; Labor unions--Newfoundland and Labrador--History; Labor movement--Newfoundland and Labrador--History; Working class--Newfoundland and Labrador--History

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