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Ginger: The Life and Death of Albert Goodwin
by Susan Mayse
One of British Columbia's most colourful figures was Albert "Ginger" Goodwin, a slight young English immigrant who arrived on Vancouver Island in 1910 to join hundreds of others slaving in the hellholes of the Cumberland mines. What he saw there made him one of the most effective labour leaders the province has ever seen, and led to an untimely and controversial end.
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Harbour Publishing
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A intriguing inside look into the evolution and controversy of union development, socialism and life in early 20th century Vancouver Island. While the book is ostensibly set around Goodwin's death, it ends up being a far more revealing look at the living and working conditions of the mine labourers and their counterparts at that time. It does provide some very unique glimpses into these surprisingly multicultural communities and the organization of life that only rarely erupted in conflict, but ...more