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Canada - A Peoples History Episode 12 Ordeal by Fire -1915 - 1929

Canada: A People's History is a 17-episode, 32-hour documentary television series on the history of Canada. It first aired on CBC Television from October 2000 to November 2001.[1] The production was an unusually large project for the national network, especially during budget cutbacks. The unexpected success of the series actually led to increased government funding for the CBC. It was also an unusual collaboration with the French arm of the network, which traditionally had autonomous production. The full run of the episodes was produced in English and French. The series title in French was Le Canada: Une histoire populaire. In 2004, OMNI.1 and OMNI.2 began airing multicultural versions, in Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian.


The producers intended to make this a dramatic history of the Canadian people; as much as possible, the story was told through the words of the people involved, from great leaders and explorers to everyday people of the land at the time. The documentary makes effective use of visuals, transitions, and dramatic music from or evocative of the eras being covered. In the first season, actors representing historical figures spoke their words, while later seasons used voiceovers over photographic images and film or, when available, original recordings of the subject.


12 Ordeal by Fire 1915–1929

World War I bears a heavy toll in Europe and at home

Conscription is a divisive issue

Labour unrest follows war's end

Robert Borden

Lionel Groulx

Sam Hughes

Wilfrid Laurier

Nellie McClung

Arthur Meighen

We are told our veterans fought for freedom. You had the freedom to obey the government. See the vote taken away from certain groups of veterans. See the wild promises for the world after women get to vote. War will end. There will be no injustice. There will be no disease. We are deceived rather well. One prophecy was the new man woman. 


The conscription riots and the Winnipeg general strike make the trucker's convoy look like a picnic. 


Posted by George Freund on September 28, 2022 at 8:48 PM 77 Views