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1949: The Twilight Before The Dawn

1949: The twilight before the dawn by JACK FITZGERALD

ISBN 13: 978-1-897174-9-82
Format: 5.5" x 8.5" paper
# of pages: 250 pages

Price: CDN$19.95

Book Description
When the Maritimes, Canada, and the rest of North America were being colonized; building cities, nations, and generally progressing similar growth in Newfoundland was almost at a standstill. At first, it was the west-country merchants of England who used their political clout to have the British Parliament bar permanent settlement in Newfoundland. These merchants feared that a growing population would threaten their dominance of the Newfoundland fishery.

After escaping the shackles of the British merchants, a new group stepped in and implemented its own controls over Newfoundlanders, thus stifling progress for another 100 years. These were the Water Street merchants, who controlled the political and economic structures for their own advantage. They developed an economic system that exploited Newfoundlanders and treated them like feudal serfs until 1933, when its economy and political system collapsed.

1949: The Twilight Before The Dawn is an historic, non-fictional account of the role one man played in breaking the shackles that kept Britain’s oldest colony in a state of permanent poverty and who led its people to a knock-down, drag ’em out battle into Confederation and the 20th century---Joseph R. Smallwood.

About the Author
Jack Fitzgerald was born and educated in St. John's, Newfoundland. During his career he has been a journalist, a feature writer and political columnist with the St. John's Daily News; a reporter and public affairs writer with CJON and VOCM News Services; editor of the Newfoundland Herald and the Newfoundland Chronicle. During the last years of the Smallwood administration he was assistant director of Public Relations with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has also worked as Assistance Officer with the Department of Social Services. Jack Fitzgerald also hosted a regular radio program featuring off-beat Newfoundland stories on radio station VOFM.

As well as writing about unusual happenings relating to Newfoundland and Newfoundlanders, Fitzgerald has also authored a series of Newfoundland crime and punishment stories as well as Newfoundland historical publications.

With the release of his latest book, Untold Stories, he has now had a total of nineteen books published, making him one of Newfoundland's most prolific writers.

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