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Annual Shannon Lectures in History

September 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


Join Carleton University’s Department of History for the first lecture of the annual Shannon Lectures in History, co-sponsored by Carleton’s Institute of Political Economy. The 2020 Series, The History of Human Rights in Canada, begins on September 18, 2020 with a lecture from Dr. Edward Dunsworth (McGill University), titled “Inclusion, Exclusion, and Migrant Farm Labour in Canada”.

Abstract: The history of farm labour in Canada has been profoundly shaped by questions of inclusion and exclusion – especially at the border. Drawing on transnational research on Ontario’s tobacco workforce and looking in particular at migrations from the southern United States and the Caribbean, this talk will demonstrate how often-racist immigration policies and labour practices determined not only who could enter the Canadian farm labour market, but also the conditions of workers’ participation and their ability to attain a decent livelihood.

Dr. Edward Dunsworth
Assistant Professor

Department of History and Classical Studies
McGill University