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Master Thesis

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History, Canadian.



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This thesis is a study of the evolution of attitudes towards the delivery of social services to the poor, the dispossessed, and the unemployed during an unprecedented economic crisis that lasted for the better part of a decade. Its particular geographic focus is a group of contiguous communities known as the Border Cities, and composed of East Windsor, formerly Ford City, Sandwich, Walkerville and Windsor, Ontario. The Border Cities offer an excellent opportunity to study how the Depression affected an area and what varied solutions were offered to the economic, social and political distress caused by widespread unemployment, plant shutdowns, unpaid municipal taxes, climbing relief rolls and finally defaulting municipalities. This thesis will examine more fully the various responses to the problems of the Great Depression, with special attention to the evolution of social services and their delivery, the creation of new administrative machinery of local government, and a new legislative relationship among the municipality, the province and the Dominion. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .P665. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0534. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.