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Units 5 & 6

UNIT 5: New Century, New Ideas

Life in the Early 20th Century, Atlantic Region
See the resources in Unit 2 of this Web site for information on the Aboriginal peoples in the 20th century. Also check the Reference Section. The "Images" section is especially useful for showing the First Nations way of life in the late 1900s and early 20th century.

Work in the Early 20th Century, Atlantic Region

Life in the Early 20th Century, General or Other Regions

The Industrial Revolution

Inventions, Innovations, and Discoveries, Early 20th Century

Women and Social Reform, Early 20th Century

  • Carrie M. Best: A Digital Archive
    Information about the life and times of Carrie Best, whose Life Story is told on page 254 of Changing Your World. Includes an interview. 
  • Celebrating Women's Achievements
    The "Activism" and "Politics" sections include biographies of social reformers of the early 20th century. 
  • The Famous Five
    The story of how Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Nellie McClung fought for women to be classed as "persons" under the British North America Act, and therefore be equal to men. Includes a lot of general information on the lives of women at the time. 
  • Women at Work
    Primary sources and information about the change in women's work in New Brunswick from the late 1800s to the late 1900s. If you need it, ask for help with this site.

Worker's Rights and Unions, Early 20th Century

Canadian Labour Laws Today

Child Labour Today

  • Free the Children: Child Labour
    Facts about child labour today, personal stories of child labourers, and suggestions for how young people can take action on this issue.

UNIT 6: A Stronger Nation

The British Empire

The Monarchy in Canada Today

The First World War, General
Many of these sites also include information on war technology and life on the home front.

  • An Archival Look at World War I
    Historical photographs, documents, and official government postcards sorted according to the following First World War topics: Canadian home front, warfare, women in the war, and technology of war. 
  • Beaumont-Hamel
    A tribute to the sacrifice of Newfoundlanders at Beaumont-Hamel. Includes photographs of monuments to the soldiers and the battlefield today. 
  • Canada and the First World War
    The war at home and abroad, including memoirs and historical artifacts. Includes additional information about Lois Allen, whose song is on page 301 of Changing Your World
  • Canvas of War
    War art, including the First World War. Includes background information on the war and an explanation of the War Artists project. 
  • The First World War
    Veteran's Affairs Canada site on the First World War. Includes historical overview, focus on Vimy Ridge, personal diaries from the time, interviews with veterans, and a biography of John McCrae. 
  • For King and Empire: Canada's Soldiers in the Great War
    Details of the battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele as well as biographies of soldiers who fought in the war. Many of the biographies include primary sources written by the soldiers, such as diaries, letters, and poetry. 
  • Newfoundland and the Great War
    Newfoundland's involvement in the First World War, including the formation of the Newfoundland Regiment, life on the home front, women's involvement at home and abroad, and political and economic issues. Includes primary sources. 
  • The Prime Ministers of Canada
    "Quick Facts" and a biography for each Prime Minister, with additional "Iimpressions" and "Issues" sections for some key figures. Includes Wilfrid Laurier and Robert Borden. 
  • CBC Archives: First World War
    Television and radio clips on the First World War.

The First World War, Volunteers

  • Some Missing Pages: The Black Community in the History of Québec and Canada
    Information on Black history in Canada. Click on the "Table of Contents" link on the left, and then on the link for "Unit 5: The Great War and the Black Soldier." This unit shows attitudes toward and experiences of Black soldiers during the First World War and describes the contributions of Black women on the home front. Includes primary sources. 
  • Honour Before Glory
    Information on the No. 2 Construction Batallion. Written to accompany a documentary of the same name. The video is also a suitable source for Grade 7 students. 
  • Jack Turner's War
    Photographs taken by one young soldier from Prince Edward Island during the First World War. Good source of information on what everyday life was like for a soldier. 
  • Remembering Our Heroes
    Information on First Nations participation in the First and Second World Wars. Focuses on volunteers from Saskatchewan, but much of the information is relevant to First Nations in all regions. 
  • Raymond Collishaw - Aces and Aircrafts of World War 1
    A short biography of Raymond Collishaw, the Canadian ace pilot of the First World War who headed the Black Squadron. 
  • Courage Remembered
    Information on the First and Second World Wars. Includes brief summaries of the events of the wars, veteran's recollections, and information about war artists.

The First World War, Technologies

  • The Great War, 1914-1918
    The "Trench Experience" section of this British site has information on how the war was fought. Includes a glossary, a film clip of soldiers going "over the top," and activities that use primary sources. NOTE: Be aware that other parts of this site contain material that you might find shocking or disturbing, so check with your eacher before you explore this site. 
  • The Great War Flying Museum
    Historical photographs and illustrations of aircraft used by all participants in the First World War. 
  • Over the Top
    Interactive game in which the player experiences life in the trenches in the First World War. Includes a glossary of war terms.

Life on the Home Front, First World War

Wartime Government Propaganda

  • Canadian War Poster Collection
    A collection of wartime posters that can be searched according to which war, the type of poster (e.g., recruitment or victory bonds), and name of artist. 
  • The Poster War
    Examples of posters, and discussions of how particular images were used for propaganda purposes.