First published in 1968 by House of Anansi Press, the Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada was a handbook for Americans who refused to serve as draftees in the Vietnam War and were considering immigrating to Canada. Conceived as a practical guide with information on the process, the Manual also features information on aspects of Canadian society, touching on topics like history, politics, culture, geography and climate, jobs, housing, and universities.
The Manual went through several editions from 1968–71. Today, as Americans are taking up the discussion of immigration to Canada once again, it is an invaluable record of a moment in our recent history.
Mark Satin is an American political theorist, author, and newsletter publisher. After emigrating to Canada in 1967, at the age of twenty, Satin co-founded the Toronto Anti-Draft Programme, which helped bring American Vietnam War resisters to Canada. He wrote the Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada in 1968, which had an estimated print run of 100,000 copies. Satin is also the author of New Age Politics: Healing Self and Society, and the political newsletters New Options and Radical Middle. His most recent book is New Age Politics: Our Only Real Alternative (40th Anniversary Edition).
“One of the most important and iconic movement publications of the Vietnam War era.” — Canadian Studies
“It’s in the new afterword by Mark Satin, the Manual’s creator, where we can taste the grit, guts, and adrenalin fuelling the sixties anti-war movement. . . . why read the Manual today? Simply put, for its compelling documentary value as an artifact of a dangerous time.” — Globe and Mail (2017)
“[A] major bid to encourage Americans to evade military conscription . . . [Contains] detailed advice about how to qualify as a Canadian immigrant, and information about Canadian jobs and school opportunities, housing, politics, culture, and climate.” — Edward Cowan, New York Times, February 11, 1968
“[Supplies] would-be immigrants from the south with information on everything from peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie costs to . . . the cold facts about immigration.” — Gary Dunford, Toronto Star, February 14, 1968
“The [Manual] does not play a siren song to Canada.In fact, one chapter warns: ‘It is foolish for draft-delinquent Americans to expect that they will ever be able to return to the U.S. legally.’” — Harry Rosenthal, Los Angeles Times, June 2, 1968
“[Contains] useful information that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.” — Paul Lauter and Florence Howe, New York Review of Books, June 20, 1968
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