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TitlePlebeian collective action in Harbour Grace and Carbonear, Newfoundland, 1830-1840
AuthorLittle, Linda, 1959-
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1984. History
Paginationvii, 255 leaves : ill.
SubjectSocial conflict--Newfoundland and Labrador--History; Social classes--Newfoundland and Labrador--History; Carbonear (N.L.)--History; Harbour Grace (N.L.)--History
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of History
Spatial CoverageCanada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Carbonear
Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Harbour Grace
Temporal Coverage1830-1840
NotesBibliography: leaves [224]-234.
AbstractNewfoundland history has largely been written from the perspectives of the upper and middle classes: thus the role of the working population has been minimized. The exploitative relationships which existed within the fishery have received some attention but the resistance to that exploitation has been ignored by historians, giving a false impression of passivity and compliance among the populace. Plebeian actions have been glossed over or ignored despite evidence pointing to frequent instances of collective resistance. -- This thesis is a case study of the towns of Harbour Grace and Carbonear over the years 1830 to 1840. The instances of collective plebeian action which occurred during this decade are chronicled and analysed, not as isolated incidents in the history of the towns, but as a series of events in a continuing tradition of resistance. The sources illustrate that Newfoundland's fishing population was not the passive, easily dominated mass which has often been portrayed, but rather, an active, dynamic force. The plebeians were able to influence their environment through their own actions, by their own means, and according to their own standards. -- This thesis is an examination of social divisions and social cohesion in Harbour Grace and Carbonear. Drawing on a long tradition of plebeian resistance in the home countries of England and Ireland, the ‘lower orders' acted together to preserve or establish the rights of their religions, ethnic, political, or local group. On occasion, these limited social alliances could be overcome and people acted together in their class interest.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifier75312701
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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