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University of Ottawa Press Spring 2022

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Pour sortir les allumettières de l’ombre
Les ouvrières de la manufacture d’allumettes E. B. Eddy de Hull (1854-1928)
By (author): Kathleen Durocher

ISBN:

9782760337268

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
Mar 30, 2022
$29.95 CAD
Forthcoming
Les Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa
HISTORY / Women
Quebec
Pour sortir les allumettières de l’ombre paints a picture of the female workers at the E. B. Eddy match factory in Hull by describing their living and working conditions from 1854 to 1928 based on a demographic profile based on Canadian censuses, various government, private, and parish archives, as well as numerous articles in scientific journals and large-circulation newspapers.

The experience of these women, who put their health at risk for meagre wages, is presented through several key perspectives. These include their daily lives, their role in the working class, their different positions at the factory, their labour conditions, and the hazards of the job—particularly those linked to white phosphorus—as well as their union activities, which lasted from 1918 to 1928 when the company closed its doors in Hull.

Over the course of the book’s chapters, Durocher offers a detailed and nuanced portrait of this anonymous workforce, revealing the successes and failures of these women often portrayed as young exploited girls or committed union activists.

Published in French.

  • Il offre un premier portrait complet des allumettières de Hull, donnant du même coup un aperçu de la place des femmes dans la cité industrielle à la fin du 19e siècle et au début du 20e siècle.
  • Il offre un regard nouveau sur un événement clé de l’histoire des femmes et du syndicalisme au Québec (grève de 1924), offrant une nouvelle perspective sur la place des femmes dans le syndicalisme catholique et le mouvement ouvrier au Québec.
  • Ce livre a le potentiel d’être à la fois un ouvrage académique et destiné au grand public.
  • La possibilité de retrouver le nom de centaines d’individus ayant œuvré dans l’industrie de l’allumette à Hull rend cette monographie un ouvrage d’intérêt pour les généalogistes (professionnels ou amateurs) de la région. Le public potentiel de ce livre dépasse donc les amateurs d’histoire.
  • L’histoire des allumettières est un sujet qui attire l’attention d’un vaste public comme l’a démontré le récent intérêt médiatique pour le sujet (série d’articles publiés notamment dans Le Droit, mais aussi dans La Presse, basée sur les résultats de cette recherche).

With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Ottawa, Kathleen Durocher is currently a PhD student in the History Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her focus lies on the conditions of the Hull working class and the role of women within it, as well as female activism. Her recent research explores issues surrounding workplace accidents and occupational poisoning in the industrial sector.

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