The Little Immigrants is a tale of compassion and courage and a vivid account of a deep and moving part of Canadian heritage In the early years after Confederation, the rising nation needed workers that could take advantage of the abundant resources Until the time of the Depression, 100,000 impoverished children from the British Isles were sent overseas by well meaning philanthropists to solve the colony s farm labour shortage They were known as the home children, and they were lonely and frightened youngsters to whom a new life in Canada meant only hardship and abuse This is an extraordinary but almost forgotten odyssey that the Calgary Herald has called, One of the finest pieces of Canadian social history ever to be written Kenneth Bagnell tells an affecting tale of Dickensian pathos Vancouver Sun that is excellent well organized, logical, clearly written, and suspenseful The Edmonton Journal....
|Title||:||The Little Immigrants: The Orphans Who Came to Canada|
|Publisher||:||Dundurn 7 Aufl 2002 edition November 1, 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||300 pages|
|File Size||:||597 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Little Immigrants: The Orphans Who Came to Canada Reviews
I was spellbound from first word to last. I'd just seen a t.v. documentary on the English children shipped to Australia so I Googled to find a book on it when I found this one - of English children who had been shipped to Canada.....thousands of them.
Although I knew about migration of children sent to Canada (my husband's two uncles were "Bernardo boys" early 1900's. One ran away and made it back to England; the other lived out his life in Canada; later married and had 11 children.) I had no real understanding of the numbers and scope of the migration. The book held my interest throughout, and the revelation of what all those innocent children suffered is heart rending. It is part of our North American history and gave me an understanding of a period I knew little about.
It is well-written and a factual account of the abuse that was suffered by far too many of the children migrants sent to Canada from Britain.I can recommend Kenneth Bagnell's book from personal experience as I happen to be one those child migrants who were sent to Canada in 1941. Australia, South Africa and New Zealand being members of the British Commonwealth also received several thousand of these homeless children. The largest group (over 100,000 British child migrants)were sent to Canada. In recent years, both the UK and Australian governments have apologized for their unforgivable failure to provide protection of these young defenceless children. While thousands of Canadians are direct descendants of these former child migrants, Canada has yet to acknowledge their culpability in their failures as cited in this tale of Dickensian pathos.
I liked the thoroughness of the development of this past in the book. I would have liked to have also read about some positive cases where the children where the children were treated well and made something of their lives.
My grandfather was one of the orphans who came to Canada (he and his brother) ... so for our family this is a great history book. This is the reason I bought it.
answered many questions for a project I am doing
Excellent book about the little known subject of Home Children being exported to Canada.
My heart cried while reading this history of orphan children and how they were treated and placed in homes; so for good, and some for bad.