Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Socials: Intro to the 1920s and the Winnipeg General Strike.

Today we started by checking off the objectives associated with the First World War from our Key Elements pages at the beginning of our notebooks.  Next, I showed the marks from the unit test - everyone passed, but I was most pleased with the improvement in your writing on the paragraph section. The tutorial for re-writes will be Thursday at lunch and the test will be Friday at 3:05.

After debriefing the test, I discussed the answers for the Ex #2 study guide: "The League of Nations."  The take away is that the League was designed to provide collective security and use economic sanctions as the primary tool for compliance (rather than war), but because many key countries din't join, and those that did were too concerned with their own interests rather than those of distant countries, the whole thing was mostly a failure.

I gave a PPT discussion on the 1920s with special focus on the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919.  While the strikers did not get all they wanted (wages, working hours, collective bargaining) this was a key step in improving labour relations in Canada, especially after the Royal Commission found that there wasn't, in fact, a Bolshevik plot against the nation.  The strike also helped change the political landscape and afterwards we see the Liberals (with Progressive support) beat the Conservatives and we see the continued rise in women's rights (Agnes MacPhail, MP in 1921 and the Persons Case in 1929).

For homework I asked that you complete Ex #5 "The Workers' Revolution." Tomorrow we'll watch a segment of the Peoples' History, debrief Ex #5 and then get our singing voices tuned up as we compose our labour songs.

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