For a Better World Hybrid Book LaunchSaturday Nov 19 2022 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube
Join editors James Naylor, Rhonda L. Hinther, and Jim Mochoruk for the launch of For a Better World: The Winnipeg General Strike and the Workers’ Revolt (University of Manitoba Press). This event will be hosted by Julia Smith.
The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.
Canada’s largest example of class conflict, the Winnipeg General Strike, redefined national and international discourse around class, politics, ethnicity, and gender. For a Better World brings together discussions detailing the dynamic history of the Strike, revealing our radical past and helping us to think imaginatively about collective action in the future.
James Naylor is a professor of history at Brandon University. He is the author of The Fate of Labour Socialism: The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and the Dream of a Working-Class Future.
Rhonda L. Hinther is a professor of history at Brandon University and an active public historian, working in film and television production, museum exhibitions, and digital interactivity and gaming.
Jim Mochoruk is the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Dakota. He is the author of Formidable Heritage: Manitoba’s North and the Cost of Development, 1870 to 1930.
Julia Smith is an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba and a member of the Graphic History Collective which produced 1919: A Graphic History of the Winnipeg General Strike.
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Canada's largest and most famous example of class conflict, the Winnipeg General Strike, redefined local, national, and international conversations around class, politics, region, ethnicity, and gender. The Strike's centenary occasioned a re-examination of this critical moment in working-class history, when 300 social justice activists, organizers, scholars, trade unionists, artists, and labour rights advocates gathered in Winnipeg in 2019. Probing the meaning of the General Strike in new and innovative ways, For a Better World includes a selection of contributions from the conference as well as others' explorations of the character of class confrontation in the aftermath of the First World War. Editors Naylor, Hinther, and Mochoruk depict key events of 1919, detailing the dynamic and complex historiography of the Strike and the larger Workers' Revolt that reverberated around the world and shaped the century following the war. The chapters delve into intersections of race, class, and gender. Settler colonialism's impact on the conflict is also examined. Placing the struggle in Winnipeg within a broader national and international context, several contributors explore parallel strikes in Edmonton, Crowsnest Pass, Montreal, Kansas City, and Seattle. For a Better World interrogates types of commemoration and remembrance, current legacies of the Strike, and its ongoing influence. Together, the essays in this collection demonstrate that the Winnipeg General Strike continues to mobilize--revealing our radical past and helping us to think imaginatively about collective action in the future.