The Little Immigrants: The Orphans who Came to Canada
Written by Kenneth Bagnell.
Originally published 1980. Republished by Dundurn Press, 2001.
|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 colonys 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).
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