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Heavy burdens on small shoulders : the labour of pioneer children on the Canadian Prairies

Author: Sandra Rollings-Magnusson
Publisher: Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, [2009] ©2009
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The phrase "child labour" carries negative undertones in today's society. However, only a century ago on the Canadian Prairies, youngsters laboured alongside their parents - working the land, cleaning stovepipes, and chopping wood. By shouldering their share of the chores, these children learned the domestic and manual labour skills needed for life on a Prairie family farm. Rollings-Magnusson uses historic  Read more...
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Rollings-Magnusson, Sandra.
Heavy burdens on small shoulders.
(DLC) 2011285206
(OCoLC)232130730
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra Rollings-Magnusson
ISBN: 9780888647931 088864793X 9780888645906 0888645902
OCLC Number: 869282823
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 177 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Division of Labour in the Family Farming Economy --
Research Method: A Sociological Analysis of Historical Data --
Typology of Children's Labour Contributions to the Operation of Prairie Farms --
Outline of the Book --
Attitudes Toward Child Labour and Children's Assistance in Pre-Production Work --
Labour Needs of the Pioneer Family Farm --
Initial Demands on Children's Labour: Establishing Prairie Farms --
Productive Labour --
Field Work --
Livestock Production --
Entrepreneurial Labour --
Paid Employment --
Raising Animals for Sale --
Gopher Bounties and Trapping --
Sales of Fruit and Other Produce --
Subsistence Labour --
Obtaining Water --
Obtaining Fuel --
Animal Products --
Hunting and Fishing --
Gardening and Harvesting: Wild Fruits and Vegetables --
Protection of the Family from Insects and Other Animal Life --
Protection of the Family from Prairie Fires --
Domestic Labour --
Gendered Roles --
Food Preparation --
Washing Clothes and Making Beds --
Cleaning the Home and its Contents --
Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting, and Other Practical Skills --
Caring for Children --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Sandra Rollings-Magnusson.
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Examine the vital work pioneer children performed to help their families on the Canadian Prairies.  Read more...

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