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Happyland: A History of the "Dirty Thirties" in Saskatchewan, 1914-1937

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Curtis McManus
$34.95 CAD / $41.95 USD
336 pages
26 b/w photos, 9 tables, notes, bibliography, index
The West
June 2011


About the Book: 

"Dirty Thirties" is the sobriquet commonly applied to the agricultural crisis in the drylands of southern Saskatchewan in Canada that coincided with the Great Depression, and it is generally assumed that prior to this period healthier, normal conditions prevailed. In Happyland, Curtis McManus contends that the "Dirty Thirties" actually began much earlier and were connected only peripherally to the Depression itself. McManus has mined the rarely consulted records of Rural Municipalities in Saskatchewan, as well as government documents, ministerial correspondence, local community histories, newspapers, and publications of relevant government departments, to tell a story of a quarter-century of stubborn persistence but also of absurdity, despair, social dislocation, moral corrosion, and inconsistent and often inept government policy. Thanks to McManuss rare and welcome blend of sound scholarship and living breathing prose, it is a gripping and evocative story as well.

About the Author(s): 

Curtis McManus is a writer and historian. He teaches history at Lakeland College in Lloydminster, Alberta.

Winner, Nonfiction Award, 2012 Saskatchewan Book Awards
Short-listed, Scholarly Writing Award, 2012 Saskatchewan Book Awards
Short-listed, First Book Award, 2012 Saskatchewan Book Awards
Short-listed, Book of the Year Award, 2012 Saskatchewan Book Awards