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The People and the Bay
A Social and Environmental History of Hamilton Harbour
Nancy B. Bouchier   Ken Cruikshank  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 1/15/2016
ISBN: 9780774830416    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2016
ISBN: 9780774830423    

344 Pages

Nature | History | Society series


About the Book

This masterful social and environmental history raises questions about how decisions being made about the natural world today will shape the cities of tomorrow.

In 1865, John Smoke braved the ice on Burlington Bay to go spearfishing. Soon after, he was arrested by a fishery inspector and then convicted by a magistrate who chastised him for thinking that he was at liberty to do as he pleased "with Her Majesty's property."

With this story, Nancy Bouchier and Ken Cruikshank launch their history of the relationship between the people of Hamilton, Ontario, and Hamilton Harbour (a.k.a. Burlington Bay). From the time of European settlement through to the city's rise as an industrial power, townsfolk struggled with nature, and with one another, to champion their particular vision of "the bay" as a place to live, work, and play. As Smoke discovered, the outcomes of those struggles reflected the changing nature of power in an industrial city. From efforts to conserve the fishery in the 1860s to current attempts to revitalize a seriously polluted harbour, each generation has tried to create what it believed would be a livable and prosperous city.

About the Author(s)

Nancy B. Bouchier is an active member of the North American Society for Sport History and the author of For the Love of the Game: Amateur Sport in Small-Town Ontario, 1838-1895. An associate professor of history and an associate member of the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, she teaches courses in Canadian, sport, and exercise history.

Ken Cruikshank is an active member of the Network in Canadian History and Environment, a past editor of the Canadian Historical Review, and author of Close Ties: Railways, Government, and the Board of Railway Commissioners, 1851-1933. A professor of history and the dean of humanities at McMaster University, he teaches courses in Canadian, environmental, and business history.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Down by the Bay
Graeme Wynn

Introduction: Whose Harbour?

1 Civilizing Nature: Community Property Transformed, 1823-95

2 Conserving Nature: The Education of John William Kerr, 1864-88

3 Boosting Nature: The Contradictions of Industrial Promotion, 1892-1932

4 Organizing Nature: The Search for Recreational Order, 1900-30

5 Planning Nature: The Waterfront Legacy of T.B McQuesten, 1917-40

6 Confining Nature: The Bay as Harbour, 1931-59

7 Unchaining Nature: Gillian Simmons's Backyard, 1958-85

8 Remediating Nature: Hamilton Harbour as an Area of Concern, 1981-2015

Conclusion: Choosing Nature

Notes; Notes on Sources; Index


"This book is a significant addition to the still thin literature on the environmental history of Canadian cities ... The People and the Bay offers important perspectives on the challenges involved in trying to grasp and mark the significance of environmental and social change in Canada and beyond."
-from the foreword by Graeme Wynn

"For anyone who has struggled to access Hamilton Harbour and wondered how it came to be so polluted, The People and the Bay will answer many troubling questions. This engaging and thought-provoking account of Hamilton and its bay will stand as the definitive history for a long time to come."
-Sean Kheraj, author of Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History

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Related Topics

Environmental Studies
Urban Studies
History > Canada

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