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The Pioneer Years, 1895 1914: Memories Of Settlers Who Opened The West

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They came from Europe and the United States, drawn by promises of free land. Some brought a fancy wardrobe, more suitable for the streets of London than those of Winnipeg. There was free land, all right, but making it yield a crop was another story. Some made it, some didn't. In this book the pioneers themselves remember the years from 1985 to 1914 when the Canadian West ...more
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published 1976 by Doubleday
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Elinor
Dec 22, 2013 Elinor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pioneer-memoirs
I'm surprised this book isn't better-known, since it contains absolutely fascinating accounts of pioneer life that you will never find anywhere else. Barry Broadfoot interviewed dozens of pioneers and children of pioneers before they passed away, and faithfully recorded their memories, in their own words.
Heather Angel
Mar 16, 2012 Heather Angel rated it it was amazing
A fastinating collection of short stories from the early Pioneers of Western Canada. Many of them are heart breaking, many quite humorus, all of them intreaguing as Barry captured the amazing Oral History of these hearty people while they were still around to tell it. I would highly recommend this book
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The pioneer years is stories told by the pioneers themselves as they reflected on their life in Canada West Stories rich with humor and detail and the power of human ingenuity.
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Barry Broadfoot was an interviewer and history writer.

His historical research consisted of interviewing various Canadians from all over the country about their memories of their lives during specific historical periods such as the Great Depression and World War II.

In 1997, Broadfoot was made a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour.
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