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Feasting on misfortune : journeys of the human spirit in Alberta's past

Author: David C Jones
Publisher: Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, ©1998.
Series: Currents (Edmonton, Alta.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Shortly after its birth in 1905, the province of Alberta was already neck-deep in trouble." "The settlement of the Peace River country reached dangerously too far. The southeastern dry belt disintegrated in drought. Irrigation projects teetered in crisis. Coal miners agonized over their lives and their livings. And clergymen serving hundreds of new communities and tenuous outposts were stretched to the breaking  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Elbert Hubbard; Elbert Hubbard; Elbert Hubbard
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David C Jones
ISBN: 0888643012 9780888643018
OCLC Number: 37490640
Description: ix, 305 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Currents (Edmonton, Alta.)
Responsibility: David C. Jones.
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"Shortly after its birth in 1905, the province of Alberta was already neck-deep in trouble." "The settlement of the Peace River country reached dangerously too far. The southeastern dry belt disintegrated in drought. Irrigation projects teetered in crisis. Coal miners agonized over their lives and their livings. And clergymen serving hundreds of new communities and tenuous outposts were stretched to the breaking point." "Against this background of confrontation, constraint and adversity, Albertans searched for human fulfillment in their personal lives." "David C. Jones follows the sagas of a heretic, an artist, two paladins of the people, a coal boss and his enemies, a spy, a priest, a cat, and a sage. Through his eyes we see what the human spirit does with misfortune: the spirit feeds on trouble until it grows or sickens."--Jacket.

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