The Right to Read

James H. Morrison

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ISBN: 9781774711309

The Right to Read

Social Justice, Literacy, and the Creation of Frontier College / The Alfred Fitzpatrick Story

  Author:   James H. Morrison    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited

The definitive biography of the unsung Canadian literacy hero who created Frontier College by teaching workers in railway and lumber camps how to read.

“The least they deserve is not charity but social justice.” — Alfred Fitzpatrick, 1905

So sums up the quest of Nova Scotian Alfred Fitzpatrick, the man behind campaigns for the betterment of Canada’s working class, and specifically the 1899 creation of the still-running literacy organization Frontier College. A tireless fighter for the rights of workers, immigrants, women, and Indigenous peoples, Fitzpatrick fiercely believed everyone in Canada — no matter their class or ability — has the right to dignity and the right to learn how to read.

Historian and author James Morrison situates Fitzpatrick in a time of burgeoning nation building and economic growth, where he crusaded for humane working conditions in railway, lumber, and mining camps, and held the government to account for its lack of support for adult and immigrant education.

Fitzpatrick’s message that literacy is a basic human right is more relevant today than ever. This fascinating biography tells the story of a remarkable man who challenged all Canadians to bring literacy and education to those who do not have it — whoever and wherever they may be. Includes 30 black-and-white archival images.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781774711309
Item NB1488
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published on September 6 2022
Language eng
Pages 288
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight439(g)
James H. Morrison, Professor Emeritus of History, taught at Saint Mary's University for 40 years. He received his Ph.D. from University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and has written many books and articles on African, ethnic, military, local, and oral history. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2009. Born in Truro and raised in Economy, he has made Halifax his home since 1976. He was a labourer/teacher with Frontier College in 1964 and 1965.