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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

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

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719063909.003.0005

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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