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A Diminished Roar

Winnipeg in the 1920s

Jim Blanchard (author)

ISBN: 9780887558399

Publication Date: Oct 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

The third instalment in Blanchard's popular history of early Winnipeg, A Diminished Roar presents a city in the midst of enormous change. Beginning with the opening of the magnificent new provincial Legislature Building in 1920, A Diminished Roar guides readers through this decade of political and social turmoil.
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The third instalment in Blanchard's popular history of early Winnipeg, A Diminished Roar presents a city in the midst of enormous change. Once the fastest growing city in Canada, by 1920 Winnipeg was losing its dominant position in western Canada. As the decade began, Winnipeggers were reeling from the chaos of the Great War and the Influenza Pandemic. But it was the divisions exposed by the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike which left the deepest marks. As Winnipeg wrestled with its changing fortunes, its citizens looked for new ways to imagine the city's future and identity. Beginning with the opening of the magnificent new provincial Legislature Building in 1920, A Diminished Roar guides readers through this decade of political and social turmoil. At City Hall, two very different politicians dominated the scene. Winnipeg's first labour mayor, S.J. Farmer pushed for more public services. His rival, Ralph Webb, would act as the city's chief "booster" as mayor, encouraging U.S. tourists with the promise of "snowballs and highballs." Meanwhile, promoters tried to re-kindle the city's spirits with plans for new public projects, such a grand boulevard through the middle of the city, a new amusement park, and the start of professional horse racing. In the midst of the Jazz Age, Winnipeg's teenagers grappled with "problems of the heart" and social groups like the Gyro Club organized masked balls for the city's elite.
Illustrations 25 illustrations
Pages 304
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 19
Date Published 30 Oct 2019
Publisher University of Manitoba Press
Subject/s Regional & national history   Social & cultural history  
  • Introduction
  • Ch. 1 Hope Against Despair
  • Ch. 2 The Post-War Depression and its Effects
  • Ch. 3 Twenty-One Millionaires
  • Ch. 4 Unemployment and Unrest
  • Ch. 5 City Politics and the Trauma of the Strike
  • Ch. 6 Towards a New Consensus
  • Ch. 7 The Elite in an Unhappy City
  • Ch. 8 A Diminished Roar
  • Ch. 9 New Entertainments
  • Ch. 10 The Industrial Exhibition
  • Ch. 11 Building Memorial Boulevard
  • Conclusion
Jim Blanchard is a retired academic librarian and Librarian Emeritus of the University of Manitoba. He has worked in public libraries, the library of the Canadian Grain Commission and was the Director of Public Library Services for Manitoba.

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