J.B. McLachlan: A Biography: The Story of a Legendary Labour Leader and the Cape Breton Coal Miners

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Book I: To Redeem the World, 1869–1916
Chapter 1: Scotland
Chapter 2: Cape Breton
Chapter 3:1909: Bend or Break

Book II: The Economic Gospel, 1916–22
Chapter 4: The Miners' Union
Chapter 5: Working-Class Hero
Chapter 6: 1922: Class War

Book III: Crime and Punishment, 1923–25

Chapter 7: Thermidor
Chapter 8: The King v. McLachlan
Chapter 9: 1925: Standing the Gaff

Book IV: Education for Action, 1925–36
Chapter 10: McLachlan versus Wolvin
Chapter 11: Grand Old Man
Chapter 12: Time and Tide


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DAVID FRANK teaches Canadian history at the University of New Brunswick where he is also editor of the history journal Acadiensis. He has researched and written on the life of J.B. McLachlan for over twenty years.


"The drama, vibrancy and intensity of the period are admirably portrayed by author David Frank in his biography of McLachlan. J. B. McLachlan is a Canadian history book that sparkles with vitality and is richly informative. It is an excellent biography of an exceptional Canadian. As the Cape Breton coal industry prepares for another restructuring one might suggest this work be read by everyone involved in and affected by those decisions." (Don MacGillivray Atlantic Books Today)

"There are many reasons to read this book... perhaps most of all, the volume reminds us that McLachlan, like those revolutionary socialists of less legendary status, were real people who drew on multiple resources, from Moscow to Glasgow and beyond, to try to figure out how to build a movement 'to the end that the workers will take control of Canada'" (Jim Naylor Canadian Dimension)

"Frank has added immeasurably -- both to labour history and to our collective memory as Canadians -- struggling to maintain the respect and dignity for working people and reeling under globalization from above." (Catholic New Times)

"J.B. McLachlan is essential reading for serious scholars and popular enthusiasts of Canadian history." (Laurie C.C. Stanley-Blackwell Canadian Book Review Annual)

"David Frank insures that [the biography is not only a thorough picture of one labour leader's life but a panoramic overview of the forces that shaped coal miners' struggles in the early 20th cenutry...It sets a very high standard for labour history biographies, indeed biographies generally." (Alvin Finkel University of Athabasca)

"As Frank elegantly and persuasively argues, it was through the efforts of people like McLachlan, despite their miscalculations and not infrequent naivete, that we have benefited from a measure of social progress." (James Cullingham Globe and Mail)

"It serves as an eloquent reminder of the challenges facing Canadians as we regress toward the very social conditions that McLachlan fought at the turn of the century." (Matthew Behrens Quill & Quire)

"David Frank's biography expertly knits together the socio-political environment of Nova Scotia during the first third of the 20th century, the coal industry, and the history of the miners' unions. J. B. McLachlan, A Biography belongs on the bookshelves of every trade unionist, and every communist or left-winger. It is a masterpiece of the art of biography." (Emil Bjarnason People's Voice)

"A monumental biography by labour historian David Frank, 25 years in the making and published this fall, should assure his place in history." (Dean Jobb Chronicle-Herald)

"...engaging and authoritative... undoubtedly the finest study of a labour leader in Canada yet written.. it is the kind of history that McLachlan was calling for some 75 years ago." (Colin Howell Telegraph-Journal)

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