Some Great Thing by Lawrence Hill

By Lawrence Hill

Mahatma Grafton is a dissatisfied collage graduate confused with a well-known identify, and struggling with the curse of his new release -- a complete loss of curiosity within the country of the realm. The son of a retired railway porter from Winnipeg, he returns domestic for a task as a reporter with The Winnipeg usher in. quickly Mahatma is scoping neighborhood tales of homicide and mayhem, breaking a promise to himself to prevent writing sufferer stories.

As Mahatma is without warning drawn into the inflammatory factor of French-language rights in Manitoba, with all its racial side-channels, he's shocked to discover that he has a social sense of right and wrong. scuffling with his boss’s aptitude for weaving hysteria into his tales, Mahatma learns that to stick afloat he needs to stay actual to himself.

Populated with vibrant characters -- together with an not likely welfare crusader, a burned-out fellow reporter, a French-language-rights activist, and a vacationing journalist from Cameroon -- a few great point is an engaging portrait of an important city newspaper and a deeply perceptive tale of 1 man’s coming of age.

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19 The dominant image of the war worker's eager return to the home in the media belied the reality of women's resistance to losing their improved status in the work force as well as the fact that most needed to find alternative employment. Despite some ineffectual protests from laid-off workers, women found themselves at the end of the war in nearly the Page 24 same discriminatory situation they had faced prior to Pearl Harbor. 3 percent of women production workers had been employed in higher-paying durable goods industries in November 1943, only 25 percent of these workers were in such jobs by November 1946.

These assumptions provided a framework for the recruitment campaign that reinforced false beliefs about working women.  Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Sta- tistics, "Postwar Labor Turn-Over among Women Factory Workers," by Clara Schloss and Ella Polinsky, Monthly Labor Review 64 (March 1947): 41119. Page 26 ity of having them available as a temporary source of workers. The Census Bureau, for example, made a detailed analysis for the War Manpower Commission (WMC) of potential entrants to the labor force and concluded that married women without children under ten would be the best source of workers for the duration of the war.

In addition, half of the major production areas employed significant numbers of black women. In four of those, they comprised from less than 10 to 19 percent of the female work force and, in Baltimore, were one third of all women workers. 5 Undoubtedly, some of the women taking war jobs did so for patriotic reasons. However, given their extensive prewar work histories, it appears that war workers came primarily from the ranks of women who needed to earn a wage in peacetime as well, either to supplement family income or to support themselves.

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