HISTORY 3N03 Lecture 6: 3N03 Jan 20

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History 3N03: Poverty, Privilege and Protest in Canadian History
January 20, 2017
Discussion Questions
What do these articles tell us about:
- Working girls?
- Early 20th century
- Class differences between and among groups?
How did age, gender, class, and ethnicity intersect in these articles?
Discuss the concept of agenc (the capacit condition, or state of acting or of eerting
Discuss Morton’s and Hinther’s use of sources?
- Working girls had their time managed for them inside the boarding houses, with
restrictions upon how they could spend their leisure time including exercise schedules
- Whe oardig superisors otied the girls’ groig distaste for the traditioal role of
the women in marriage, they relaxed the restrictions on male visits to the home
- Socials were held for the boarding house girls to meet respectable men to hopefully
- “oials ere ipleeted i order to oat lesiais i the oardig houses
- Working girls were a completely new class of people that resulted in new social and
power structures as well as infrastructure
- The government saw that women were gaining too much independence in that they
were now being given the opportunity to support themselves, and the boarding houses
were a response to pull back on this independence
- The boarding houses were a means of controlling the women, and eventually as a way
to force them to remember what should be the ideal for their lives, which would be
- The idea that their work is temporary until they get married and leave the office
- Class struggle in Halifax regarding marriage
- Commercialized romance
- The lower middle-class was convinced to believe in the ideal wedding process including
the shower, ceremony, reception and honeymoon, much of which was beyond the
financial reach of the general middle-class
- A main characteristic of the 1920s was making purchases on credit, or taking out loans
to fund an extravagant lifestyle beyond what the working-class family could afford
- This is a factor that drove the stock market crash in 1929 before the Great Depression
ad the Dirty Thirties
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