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Heavy Burdens on Small Shoulders: The Labour of Pioneer Children on the Canadian Prairies

Heavy Burdens on Small Shoulders: The Labour of Pioneer Children on the Canadian Prairies

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This is a unique investigation which focuses on an aspect of prairie history that has been overlooked in Canadian literature - the labour of children. It details the findings of a study into the role that children's work played in the execution of homesteading operations during the pioneer era between 1871 and 1913. Analysing the labour of boys and girls, whether helping to build the family home, taking part in productive, subsistence or entrepreneurial tasks, or being responsible for various domestic duties, it enables the reader to understand how important children's work was to the success of the family farm. Furthermore, when economic, social, political difficulties, and environmental hazards of the time are also taken into account, the labour contribution of children becomes even more remarkable. Using a variety of archival materials, the author has conducted a study that gives readers a fuller understanding of how families survived, how the wheat economy was developed, and how burdens were carried on the shoulders of the smallest farm labourers.