History 4890 20th Century Prince Edward Island (Winter 2019)

This course examines major economic, political, and cultural developments within Prince Edward Island during the 20th century. Topics include the effects of technological change; Maritime Union; federal-provincial relations, including transfer payments and the 15-year Comprehensive Development Plan; "Rural Renaissance"; the constitutional discussions of the 1980s and 1990s; and the debate surrounding construction of the "fixed link."

Course Instructor: 
List of Reserve Material: 

MacDonald, E. (2002). If you're stronghearted. [manuscript] : Prince Edward Island in the twentieth century. [Charlottetown, P.E.I. : Printed by the author], 2002.

16 January - The Trials of Provincehood: Seminar Readings

Sharon Myers, "The Apocrypha of Minnie McGee: The Murderous Mother and the Multivocal State in 20th-Century Prince Edward Island," Acadiensis, 38, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2008): 5-28.

23 January - The Provence of War: Seminar Readings

Alanna James, "Prince Edward Island and the 1917 Election," The Island Magazine, no. 69 (Spring/Summer 2011): 23-29; and no. 70 (Fall/Winter2011): 23-29

Allan & Jessie Graham, “Prince County’s Forgotten Military Past,” The Island Magazine, 1(Fall/Winter 1976): 19-22.

30 January - The Roots of Change in the 1920s: Seminar Readings

Mary Isabel Tuplin, Try the Goose Grease! (Aldergrove, B.C.: Ann Nunes and Aldergrove Publishing, 1990): extracts

Douglas Baldwin, “Amy MacMahon and the Struggle for Public Health,” The Island Magazine 34(Fall/Winter 1993): 20-27.

6 February - The Great Depression: Seminar Readings

Marian Bruce and Elizabeth Cran, Working Together: Two Centuries of Co-operation on Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown: Island Studies Press, 2004): selections from Chapter 3

Peter Rider, “Stirring and Restless Times": Charlottetown in the Interwar Years,” The Island Magazine, 58(Fall/Winter 2005): 2-9

Jack Cutcliffe, "My Father's Country Store," The Island Magazine, no. 68 (Fall/Winter 2010) 2-9.

13 February - "The Break": Seminar Readings

Joan Archibald Colbourne, Letters from the Manse (Charlottetown: Island Studies Press, 2003): selections

David Weale, Them Times (Charlottetown: Institute of Island Studies, 1992): 41-60

J.E. Lattimer, Economic Survey of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown: Department of Reconstruction, 1944): 4-535-48.

27 Februaury - The Swinging Sixities: Seminar Readings

Philip Mathias, Forced Growth: Five Studies of Government Involvement in the Development of Canada (Toronto: James Lewis & Samuel, 1971): 15-42

James Bickerton, “Federal Regional Development Policies in Atlantic Canada’s Islands,” in Baldacchino and Greenwood (eds.), Competing Strategies of Socio-Economic Development for Small Islands (Charlottetown: Institute of Island Studies, 1998): 238-267.

4 March - The Struggle for Development: Seminar Readings

Wayne MacKinnon, “Dependency and Development in Prince Edward Island,” in Godfrey Baldacchino and Robert Greenwood (eds.), Competing Strategies of Socio-Economic Development for Small Islands (Charlottetown: Institute of Island Studies, 1998): 175-189

David Weale and Harry Baglole (eds.), Cornelius Howatt, Superstar! (Summerside: Williams & Crue, 1973): excerpts.

13 March - Protest in a Small Place: Seminar Readings

Greg Marquis, “Uptight Little Island: The Junction ‘71 Affair,” The Island Magazine, 52(Fall/Winter 2002): 10-14

Ryan O'Connor, "Agrarian Protest and Provincial Politics: Prince Edward Island and the 1971 National Farmers Union Highway Demonstration," Acadiensis, 37, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2008): 31-55.

20 March - The Shape of Things to Come? Seminar Readings

Edward MacDonald, "A Landscape . . . with Figures: Tourism and Environment on Prince Edward Island," Acadiensis, 40, No. 1 (Winter/Spring 2011)1: 70-85.

Hope Hambly, "Red Soil Summers," in The Island Magazine, no. 67 (Spring/Summer 2010): 30-37.

27 March - Peddling Identities: Seminar Readings

Edward MacDonald. "Bridge Over Troubled Waters: The Fixed Link Debate on Prince Edward Islands: 1885-1997," in Godfrey Baldacchino, ed., Bridging Islands: The Impact of Fixed Links (Charlottetown: Acorn Press, 2007)

Jean-Paul Arsenault, "Agriculture and the Environment on Prince Edward Island, 1969-2014: An Uneasy Relationship, in Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, ed. by Edward MacDonald, Joshua MacFadyen, and Irené Novaczek (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016).