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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."
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
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.
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).