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Bringing Children and Youth into Canadian History

The Difference Kids Make

Mona Gleason and Tamara Myers

Do children and youth have their own history? How is it different from traditional accounts? What difference do children make to our understanding of contemporary Canada? This collection of distinguished and original articles are divided into eleven thematic chapters and explores how topics such as politics and gender, residential schools, and global citizenship have informed being young in Canada.

Bringing Children and Youth into Canadian History provides a new, comprehensive, current, and pedagogical approach to the history of children and youth in Canada.

Readership : Upper-year undergraduate students taking Canadian children's history courses.


  • "The range and scope of this book is tremendous. The sections are well thought out, and each chapter includes a context-setting introduction, various additional pieces of material/documentary history, and general questions for discussion. This makes a great package for undergraduate teaching. Furthermore, the scholarship is current and the categories are very nicely selected."
    --Karen Dubinsky, Queen's University
  • "Altogether, an excellent book that I look forward to using in my courses."
    --Sarah Glassford, University of New Brunswick

In each chapter:
- Editors' introduction
- 2 readings
- 2 primary documents
- Study questions
- Selected bibliography
- Notes
Note to Students
Timeline of Events in Child and Youth History
Introduction, Mona Gleason and Tamara Myers
1. Working Children
Hidden Workers: Child Labour and the Family Economy in Late-Nineteenth-Century Urban Canada, John Bullen
- Primary Document: "Little Girl with Bag of Coal," c. 1900-1910
Canadian Children Who Lived with One Parent in 1901, Bettina Bradbury
- Primary Document: International Labour Organization, Convention 138 on Minimum Age for Admission to Employment, 1973
2. Political Children
Little Fists for Social Justice: Anti-Semitism, Community and Montreal's Aberdeen School Strike, 1913, Roderick MacLeod and Mary Anne Poutanen
- Primary Document: "Wee Kiddies on Picket Duty at Aberdeen School Strike," Montreal Herald, March 1913
"Raised in the Spirit of the Class Struggle": Children, Youth, and the Interwar Ukrainian Left in Canada, Rhonda L. Hinther
- Primary Document: Winnipeg Folk Dancing School, 1927
3. Socializing Boys: Masculinity and Violence
"Every Boy Ought to Learn to Shoot and to Obey Orders": Guns, Boys, and the Law in English Canada from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Great War, R. Blake Brown
- Primary Document: Advertisement for Stevens Crack Shot Rifles, 1904
"He was Determined to Go": Underage Soldiers in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Tim Cook
- Primary Document: Sheet Music Cover for Gordon V. Thompson, "I Want to Kiss Daddy Goodnight"
4. Gender and Childhood
Can the Girl Guide Speak? The Perils and Pleasures of Looking for Children's Voices in Archival Research, Kristine Alexander
- Primary Document: Logbook of the First Hay River Guide Company, 1934-1936
"Being in Your Twenties, in the Thirties: Liminality and Masculinity during the Great Depression" - Liminality and Masculinity during the Great Depression, Heidi Macdonald
- Primary Document: Ole Nissen's Diary, excerpt, "Helge (Ole) Nissen to Gudrun and Alfred", 9 December 1932
5. Endangered and Dangerous Children and Youth
Glimpsing Working-Class Childhood Through the Laurier Palace Fire of 1927: The Ordinary, the Tragic, and the Historian's Gaze, Magda Fahrni
- Primary Document: "The Funeral," Montreal Daily Star, 11 January 1927
Embodying Delinquency: Boys' Bodies, Sexuality, and Juvenile Justice in Early-Twentieth-Century Quebec, Tamara Myers
- Primary Document: "Juvenile Delinquency in Montreal," The Canadian Police Gazette, June 1939
6. Children and War
The Children's War, Barbara Lorenzkowski
- Primary Document: Interview with William Pepperell Abraham, excerpt, c. 2007
Practical Patriotism: How the Canadian Junior Red Cross and its Child Members Met the Challenge of the Second World War, Sarah Glassford
- Primary Document: "Junior Red Cross News," Canadian Red Cross Junior (1940)
7. Regulation and Children's Embodiment
"Lost Voices, Lost Bodies?" Doctors and the Embodiment of Children and Youth in English Canada from 1900 to 1940, Mona Gleason
- Primary Document: Excerpts from Health and Hygiene Textbooks Used in Canadian Public Schools in Early Twentieth Century, 1906, 1911
Creating "Normal" Families in Postwar Canada: The Thalidomide Babies, Jessica Haynes
- Primary Document: "Demands Right to Abortion," Toronto Daily Star, 26 July 1962
8. Challenging "Normal"
Sacred Daemons: Exploring British Columbian Society's Perceptions of "Mentally Deficient" Children, 1870-1930, Nic Clarke
- Primary Document: Helen MacMurchy, The Feeble-Minded in Ontario, Eighth Report for the Year 1913
Child Freak Performers in Early to Mid-Twentieth-Century Canada, Jane Nichols (Previously unpublished)
- Primary Document: Ernie-Len Promotion, c. 1935
9. Residential Schooling Reconsidered
"If Anything Is To Be Done With the Indian, We Must Catch Him Very Young": Colonial Constructions of Aboriginal Children and the Geographies of Indian Residential Schooling in British Columbia, Canada, Sarah de Leeuw
- Primary Document: Haida Mountain Goat Pillow Case and Glass Ball
"Administering Colonial Science: Nutritional Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942-1952, Ian Mosby
- Primary Document: "Russell Mose's 1965 Residential School Memoir."
10. Local and Global Citizenship
Children as "Seeds of Destiny": Nation, Race, and Citizenship in Postwar Foreign Relief Programs, Tarah Brookfield (Previously unpublished)
- Primary Document: Unitarian Service Committee Public Service Announcements from the 1960s and 1970s: A Selection
Blistered and Bleeding, Tired and Determined: Visual Representations of Children and Youth in the Miles for Millions Walkathon, Tamara Myers
- Primary Document: Miles for Millions Declaration Poster, c. 1968
11. Making Youth Culture
Visual Interpretations, Cartoons, and Caricatures of Student and Youth Cultures in University Yearbooks, 1898-1930, E. Lisa Panayotidis and Paul Stortz
- Primary Document: "The True and Modest History of the Noble Class of Arts '20," The Annual, 1920
Hitchin' a Ride in the 1970s: Canadian Youth Culture and the Romance with Mobility, Linda Mahood
- Primary Document: Excerpt from: Canadian Welfare Council, "Transient Youth: Report of an Inquiry in the Summer of 1969," excerpt

There are no Instructor/Student Resources available at this time.

Mona Gleason is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia.

Tamara Myers is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia.

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A History of the Canadian Peoples - J. M. Bumsted and Michael C. Bumsted
Sport in Canada - Don Morrow and Kevin B. Wamsley
Writing History - William Kelleher Storey and Towser Jones
Rethinking Canada - Lara Campbell, Tamara Myers and Adele Perry
Home, Work, and Play - Edited by James Opp and John C. Walsh
Gender History - Willeen Keough and Lara Campbell

Special Features

  • Authoritative articles and previously unpublished scholarship explore the role children have played in the history of this country.
  • Canadian focus, with themes such as work, politics, gender, war, race and ethnicity, culture, and schooling, this text explores the difference children and youth make to our understanding of contemporary Canada.
  • A multidisciplinary approach that provides perspectives and experiences of young people in a way that allows students of history, education, child/youth studies, and historical sociology the opportunity to explore established and new topics in the study of growing up.
  • Accessible chapter introductions explain pertinent themes, issues, and historical contexts, ensuring students get the most out of the essays and documents that follow.
  • Integrated primary-source documents introduce students to the types of resources historians work with as they attempt to decipher the past.
  • Targeted study questions at the end of every chapter prompt students to reflect critically on what they have read and to make connections among readings.
  • A timeline of key events helps students situate the developments discussed in various chapters in relation to one another.