Friday, 28 December 2007


This has been a short history of the people of Cape Breton. It has attempted to portray the major struggles of the working class from the point of view of those were most directly affected - - the men and women who made this history. Most importantly it has tried to point out the lessons that this bitter history has to teach. That under this system known as capitalism, working men and women will always be wage slaves producing wealth for the owning class while only receiving the crumbs; that a truly meaningful life will be had only when capitalism is overthrown and the workers take control.

We have learned that while unions are the basis for the workers fight against his enslavement they can be used by opportunists to divide and destroy the working class movement. Finally we have learned that parliamentary elections are all those who participate in them are but a mask which serves to hide the unfreedom that workers suffer in the work place. That the freedom and well-being of working men and women will only come when they have full control over their labours and the wealth it creates.

Additional copies of The People’s History of Cape
Breton may be obtained by sending your name,
address, and 25 cents to:
(Note: This postal address no longer relevant)

People’s History
P.O. Box 1282
Halifax North Postal
Halifax, N.S.

Bulk rates and a teacher’s manual including
bibliographical sources are also available.
This booklet has been researched, designed,
and prepared by a group under the Opportunities
for Youth program funded by the Secretary of
State, Ottawa.
September, 1971, Halifax,
Nova Scotia

Under capitalism the working class has but two courses to follow:
crawl or fight
- J. B. McLachlan

1 comment:

madeline yakimchuk said...

What a delight to find this online, although perhaps thankfully without the unfortunate original cover, at least my current norms. I was in high school when this came out, and remembered it from then. It was my father's copy. I later borrowed it, and took it away for a few decades. Later, in guilt, I gave it back to him. I had moved back to Cape Breton and figured I could always find it again if I needed it. Unfortunately, even though I have his library, that book is not included. I suspect when I gave it back his wife just put it "somewhere" and it got lost.