A Basic Bibliography
- compiled by David Yorke, On to Ottawa Historical Society Director
Work and Wages!
Ben Swankey and Jean Evans Sheils
Trade Union Research Bureau, Vancouver, 1977.
This is the story of On-to-Ottawa trek leader Arthur 'Slim' Evans, told through documents and commentary. ( Co-author Jean Evans Sheils was the daughter of trek leader, Arthur 'Slim'
Evans, and a former On to Ottawa Historical Society Director. She died in 1996.) In addition to the biography of Art Evans before and after the trek, it contains 13 chapters (pages 76
to 238) on the Relief Camp Workers strike, the trek, the delegation to Ottawa (which Evans led), the attack on the trek in Regina, and the campaign to defend the arrested trekkers.
Raising the Workers’ Flag: the Workers’ Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2012
This is a detailed history of the Workers’ Unity League, which spearheaded the organizing of the Relief Camp Workers’ Union, and provided the leadership of the Trek. Endicott’s meticulously researched book has extensive reference to the Trek, and to earlier left-led organizing of the unemployed across Canada.
We Stood Together
Gloria Montero, editor
James Lorimer & Company, Toronto, 1987 ISBN 0 - 88862 - 269 - 4
This volume of various labour struggles contains a chapter entitled "Red Walsh - On To Ottawa 1935". It sets out in some 23 pages the interview recollections of one of the
The Great Depression 1929 - 1939
McClelland & Stewart Inc. Toronto, 1990
This is an overall history of Canada"s depression years, and contains a section (pages 281 to 325 ) on the politics of R.B. Bennett, the unemployed organizations, the trek and
the Regina Riot.
Sean Griffin, editor
Tribune Publishing Co. Vancouver 1985 ISBN 0 -9692365 - 0 - 6
This collection of brief histories of B.C. labour struggles in the 1930"s contains a chapter by Sean Griffin entitled "On to Ottawa! - The Relief Camp Strike and the On-to-Ottawa
Trek" (p. 13 - 64).
B.C. Teachers' Federation, Labour History Vol. 1 No. 4, 1978
BC Teachers' Federation Labour History Association
This issue is focussed on the depression years and the trek, and contains interviews and recollections of the events by a number of participants including Morris Carrell, Red Walsh,
Barbara Stewart, and Syd Thompson.
Ten Lost Years 1929 - 1939
Paper Jacks; Doubleday Canada, 1973/77 ISBN 0 - 7737 - 7094 - 1
This collection of generally unattributed reminiscenses of Canadians who lived through the depression contains descriptions on the conditions of the unemployed, the relief projects,
and a short chapter (p 361 - 371) on the trek, the Regina Riot, and on the left wing movements.
The Winter Years
James H. Gray
MacMillan of Canada, Toronto, 1966 and 1968
Gray is the former editor of the Winnipeg Free Press, and his personal narrative of the depression on the praries contains a short section on the period around the Regina Riot (page
141 and following)
Fighting for Labour
Patricia Wejr and Howie Smith
Province of B.C. Victoria 1978
A compilation of oral history on audiotape with a print component; contains a chapter "The Hungry Thirties" with excerpts from trek participants Red Walsh, Steve Brodie, and
Times of Trouble: Labour Unrest and Industrial Conflict in Canada
Information Canada (Woods Task Force on Industrial Relations), Ottawa, 1968
This survey of labour conflict includes a chapter on "Unemployed Organizations and the Regina Riot," Page 233 and following.
The Depression Years: Canada in the 1930's
Prentice-Hall of Canada, Scarborough, 1978.
This is a resource collection for high school students, setting out portions of documents from many aspect of the social history of the period. Apart from general material on the unemployed
in the depression, it has 6 pages of documents and photos on the relief camps, the On-To-Ottawa Trek, and the 'Regina Riot'.
On the Side of the People
Jim Warren and Kathleen Carlisle
Coteau Books, Regina, 2005.
This is a fine illustrated history of labour in Saskatchewan. Chapter Seven, “Hold the Fort”, describes the depression on the praries, the experiences of the federal relief camps that were established in Saskatchewan, a summary of the origins of the Trek and its leaders, and a detailed account of the Trek in Regina and the July 1 police riot.
Fury and Futility: The Onset of the Great Depression 1930-1935
United Western Communications Ltd., Edmonton, 1998.
This is volume 6 of Byfield’s journalistic history of Alberta in the 20th Century. Byfield was a conservative writer, active in founding the Reform party. The volume has a description of the trekkers in Alberta, and an account of the “Regina Riot.”
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