More of A Man

More of A Man

Diaries of A Scottish Craftsman in Mid-nineteenth-century North America

eBook - 2013
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Univ of Toronto Pr

More of a Man presents the only known diaries of a skilled craft-worker in Victorian Canada: Andrew McIlwraith, a Scottish journeyman who migrated to North America during a tumultuous period marked by economic depression and early industrial change. McIlwraith's journals illuminate his quest to succeed financially and emotionally amidst challenging circumstances. The diaries trace his transformations, from an immigrant newcomer to a respected townsman, a wage worker to an entrepreneur, and a bachelor to a married man.

Carefully edited and fully annotated by historians Andrew C. Holman and Robert B. Kristofferson, More of a Man features an introduction providing historical context for McIlwraith's life and an epilogue detailing what happened to him after the diaries end. Historians of labour, gender, and migration in the North Atlantic world will find More of a Man a valuable primary document of considerable insight and depth. All readers will find it a lively story of life in the nineteenth century.


Historians of labour, gender, and migration in the North Atlantic world will find More of a Man a valuable primary document of considerable insight and depth. All readers will find it a lively story of life in the nineteenth century.



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In the early 1850s, craftsman Andrew McIlwraith migrated from Scotland to Canada West (now Ontario). This heavily footnoted diary covers his life from 1857 through 1862, as he progresses from being a draughtsman and patternmaker to owning a foundry. The actual entries are short accounts of the day's events, but an 1860 eight page letter to the Ayrshire Times appears at the start and shows his broader literary capabilities. The diary is complemented by an extended introduction and extensive footnotes prepared by Holman (history and Canadian studies, Bridgewater State U.) and Kristofferson (history and contemporary studies, Wilfrid Laurier U.). Twelve glossy pages of photographs appear near the beginning of the volume and it closes with three appendixes. One of these is an account of all the books checked out by McIlwraith from 1846-1852 from the Ayr Mechanic's Library in Scotland. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9781442662193
1442662190
0802097014
9780802097019
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xx, 458 pages, [12] pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits, digital file

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