David Goutor's, "Drawing Different Lines of Color" Article Review by Top Papers

David Goutor's, "Drawing Different Lines of Color"
A critical review of David Goutor's "Drawing Different Lines of Colour: The Mainstream English Canadian Labour Movement's Approach to Blacks and the Chinese, 1880-1914."
# 137055 | 1,000 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US


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The paper offers a critical review of David Goutor's well-regarded (but not perfect) essay, "Drawing Different Lines of Colour: The Mainstream English Canadian Labour Movement's Approach to Blacks and the Chinese, 1880-1914." The paper relates that this essay was originally published in 2005 and appeared on pages 55-76 of the periodical, "Labour: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas," vol.2, no.1. The paper explains that the topic of the article, as one can probably glean from the title, is the differential treatment Chinese workers received from Canadian "mainstream" unions in the aforementioned years as compared to the treatment given to African-Canadian workers. The paper then explains that the essential argument at the center of Goutor's essay appears to be this: Canadian labour leaders viewed Chinese workers with disdain because they feared those workers, saw them as just the sort of "debased" employees rapacious capitalists sought for their factories, and because there was a sense that their first allegiance was to somewhere other than Canada. Conversely, African-Canadians were viewed as the heroic survivors of slavery - and many labour militants at the turn of the twentieth century equated the black struggle of only a few decades earlier with their own struggle for dignity in the workplace (Goutor 55-57). According to this paper, it is a provocative thesis, and while this writer happens to believe that Goutor's assessment of things is primarily accurate, the writer also believes that his work suffers from some critical methodological errors in terms of the sources he uses and the manner in which he applies those sources to defending his thesis.

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"The following short paper is a critical review of David Goutor's well-regarded (but not perfect) essay, "Drawing Different Lines of Colour: The Mainstream English Canadian Labour Movement's Approach to Blacks and the Chinese, 1880-1914." The essay was originally published in 2005 and appeared on pages 55-76 of the periodical, "Labour: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas", vol.2, no.1. The topic of the article, as one can probably glean from the title, is the differential treatment Chinese workers received from Canadian "mainstream" unions in the..."

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David Goutor's, "Drawing Different Lines of Color" (2008, December 01) Retrieved August 13, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/david-goutor-drawing-different-lines-of-color-137055/

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"David Goutor's, "Drawing Different Lines of Color"" 01 December 2008. Web. 13 August. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/article-review/david-goutor-drawing-different-lines-of-color-137055/>

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