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Peopling the North American City Montreal, 1840-1900

by Sherry H. Olson, Patricia Thornton

Part of the Carleton Library Series Series

Peopling the North American City Montreal, 1840-1900 Synopsis

Benefiting from Montreal's remarkable archival records, Sherry Olson and Patricia Thornton use an ingenious sampling of twelve surnames to track the comings and goings, births, deaths, and marriages of the city's inhabitants. The book demonstrates the importance of individual decisions by outlining the circumstances in which people decided where to move, when to marry, and what work to do. Integrating social and spatial analysis, the authors provide insights into the relationships among the city's three cultural communities, show how inequalities of voice, purchasing power, and access to real property were maintained, and provide first-hand evidence of the impact of city living and poverty on families, health, and futures. The findings challenge presumptions about the cultural assimilation of migrants as well as our understanding of urban life in nineteenth-century North America. The culmination of twenty-five years of work, Peopling the North American City is an illuminating look at the humanity of cities and the elements that determine whether their citizens will thrive or merely survive.

Peopling the North American City Montreal, 1840-1900 Press Reviews

Voici donc un livre important, imposant avec ses 500 pages et plus, illustre abondamment avec de magnifiques photographies et gravures de l'epoque, ecrit dans un anglais a la fois elegant, precis et colore, et qui temoigne amplement de la grande generosi The authors cannot reconstruct conversations, but they still want us to remember that there were 'long evenings of discussions, fits of indignation, tears of rage, volleys of profanity, and peals of laughter.' These instincts for life in the city make Peopling the North American City an exceptionally good book. John C. Weaver, McMaster University A first class addition to North American historical demography, with an ambition to reach a much broader audience. Olson and Thornton are experienced, informed researchers, and their scholarship is exemplary. Gordon Darroch, York University

Book Information

ISBN: 9780773538306
Publication date: 22nd June 2011
Author: Sherry H. Olson, Patricia Thornton
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 544 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history, History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Population & demography,

About Sherry H. Olson, Patricia Thornton

Sherry Olson is a professor emerita in the Department of Geography at McGill University. Patricia Thornton is a professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment at Concordia University.

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