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The Promised Land: Settling the West 1896-1914

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After the pioneers described in The National Dream, The Last Spike and Klondike came the settlers — a million people who filled a thousand miles of prairie in a single generation.

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Published August 10th 2011 by Anchor Canada (first published September 1st 1984)
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A book that has moved me to tears time and again. (I suspect because I'm descended from some of the peoples described in this book and my hometown of Brandon is featured prominently.) This is Burton's epic of immigration, what would become one of the great defining characteristics of Canada. The seeds of our multicultural nation are explored, as is the start of what we think of as Western Canadian culture. We follow the stories of several people through the era, from impoverished immigrants to p ...more
This book seemed a little aimless; there doesn't seem to be a through-story. It starts out by telling us about Clifford Sifton, who seemed to be a bit of a dick. Then it tells us about immigration into Canada, and how regardless of the groups who came, everyone in the east thought these new settlers were inferior to themselves and not WASP-ish enough. So they brought in a bunch of Brits with no farming experience or usable skills, and everyone in the west thought they were terrible. The Doukhobo ...more
Travis King
This is the last book the Berton's series dealing with the birth and expansion of the Canadian West. A very interesting read if you were born or lived in one of the Prairie Provinces. One has to wonder what happened to the dream that was to make the Megatropolis of Winnipeg.
Kathleen McRae
This book is a very well written account of the settlement of the canadian west 1896-1914.It is entertaining and gives relevance to how the west has developedi really enjoyed this book
Not one of my favourites of his but that said it is still a good read about the immigration push to papulate the prairies at the turn of the last century. Interesting.
Interesting to compare the initial expansion of the west with what is happening today with the oil sands, potash etc.
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From narrative histories and popular culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many of his books are now Canadian classics.

Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton worked in Klondike mining camps during his university years. He spent four years in the army, rising from private to captain/instructor at the
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