The Last Spike

The Last Spike

The Great Railway 1881-1885

Book - 1971
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Publisher: Toronto, ON : McClelland and Stewart, 1971.
Characteristics: 478 pages : illustrated


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May 19, 2015

In 1971 this book and its companion, The National Dream became big sellers and The CBC produced an expensive TV Series based on their findings. Unfortunately these 'findings' did not stand the test of time. We now know The National Dream was hardly a Canadian success story. The completion of The CPR mainline in 1885 was primarily financed by The British, American, Dutch and German engineered and utilized Krupp steel. Mr. Berton failed to describe, acknowledge or even sympathize with the thousands of underpaid,underfed and poorly housed Chinese workers who completed all the dangerous work. Mr. Berton described the photo of The Last Spike as one of Canada's most famous pictures. Sadly you cannot find a single Chinese worker in that photo.

Nov 22, 2010

one of the great books of Canadian history

Mar 15, 2010

This tale of the historical building of Canada's railroad considered as an impossible feat is a fascinating read. Our Canada was built by sweat, tears and the lives of thousands under the harshest of conditions. This book should be an obligatory-read for all elementary school students. Enjoy.

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