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Female Imperialism and National IdentityImperial Order Daughters of the Empire$
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Katie Pickles

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063909

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063909.001.0001

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Exhibiting Canada: Empire, migration and the 1928 English Schoolgirl Tour

Exhibiting Canada: Empire, migration and the 1928 English Schoolgirl Tour

(p.75) Chapter Four Exhibiting Canada: Empire, migration and the 1928 English Schoolgirl Tour
Female Imperialism and National Identity

John M. MacKenzie

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on the lengths to which the IODE would go to produce a Canada that emulated Britain, with a case study of the 1928 English Schoolgirl Tour of Canada. The IODE placed high hopes that, on a micro level, the tour would directly encourage British migration to Canada, and collaborated with the Society for the Oversea Settlement of British Women (SOSBW) in this impressive cross-Canada tour. The itinerary formed a narrative of superior British-based culture, economy and politics in a modern resource-rich, technologically advanced, democratic Canadian nation. The tour captured a 1928 moment in the narrative of hegemonic Anglo-Canada. As a result of this tour, the 1920s saw nationalism and imperialism modernise, with the schoolgirls' experiences tied up in an era of technological improvement.

Keywords:   Canada, IODE, imperialism, nationalism, British migration, SOSBW, democratic Canadian nation

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