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BLACK TUESDAY narrated by Pierre Berton
The Depression era was one of great upheaval in Canadian history. It was a decade that saw the rise of the labour movement, reactionary violence fueled by fear of communism, men and women jailed for their political beliefs, people in desperate circumstances, protests and riots. The Great Depression laid the foundations for the emergence of the political left and the development of a social conscience that changed the way Canadians define themselves. Of the many stories and conflicts of the Great Depression, the Estevan (Saskatchewan) Riot of 1931 was a foreshadowing of the troubles to come.
In BLACK TUESDAY, Pierre Burton explains the background for this violent occurrence that stands out in Canadian history. Miners toiling in intolerable conditions. A strike, broken by management. Reinforcements brought in to supplement the local authorities. A protest that turns ugly. Men and women wielding clubs and hurling stones. Twenty-one men shot in the street, three of them dead.
Labeled "Black Tuesday", the event was a microcosm of the labour unrest, depression despair, and fear of the "Red Menace" that ran throughout the 1930s.