Between a rock and a hard place : a historical geography of the Finns in the Sudbury area
- Oiva W. Saarinen.
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- Waterloo, Ontario : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 
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- 1 online resource (343 pages)
- Saarinen, Oiva W., 1937- author.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
Where else can that well-known phrase be better applied than to a study of the Finns in Sudbury? "Rock" defines the physical reality of the Sudbury setting: rugged hills, mines, farms and forests set in the Precambrian Shield. "Hard" defines the human setting: Finnish immigrants having to contend with the problems and stresses of relocating to a new culture, with livelihoods that required great endurance as well as a tolerance for hazardous conditions. Since 1883 Finnish immigrants in Sudbury, men and women alike, have striven to improve their lot through the options available to them. Despite great obstacles, the Finns never flagged in their unwavering fight for workers' rights and the union movement. And as agricultural settlers, labour reformers, builders of churches, halls, saunas and athletic fields, Finns left an indelible imprint on the physical and human landscape. In the process they have played an integral part in the transformation of Sudbury from a small struggling rail town to its present role as regional capital of northwestern Ontario. This penetrating study of the cultural geography of the Finns in the Sudbury region provides an international, national and local framework for analysis - a model for future studies of other cultural groups.
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- 9780889206229 (electronic bk.)
- 0889206228 (electronic bk.)