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"To Each His Own"
Ian D.H. McDonald, Edited by J.K. Hiller

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Ian McDonald was born in Montreal in 1942 and died in St. John's in 1977. After an early education in Toronto, he graduated from Memorial University with joint honours in History and Philosophy in 1965. He recived a B.A. from Oxford University in 1971. He joined the History Department at Memorial University in 1972.

James Hiller has been a member of the Memorial University History Department for many years (and is presently its Head); he is a specialist in Newfoundland history.

"I consider it better to dare mighty things and win mighty triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank longer with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live such lives that know neither victory nor defeat."

W.F. Coaker, 1909


Ther Fishermen's Protective Union was a remarkable populist movement which flourished in Newfoundland between 1908 and the mid-1920s. Under the dynamic leadership of William Coaker, the union set out to reform the fishing industry, and to obtain social and political reforms which would ensure that the rural workers - fishermen, sealers and loggers- received "their own" - a fair and just return for their labour, and a voice in the country's affairs. The union met stiff opposition from the political elite, the churches and larger merchants, and found itself emmeshed in political compromise and controversy. This book examines the experience of the FPU and its leader and seeks to expalin why it was that the cusade which seemed to promise so much ened in disillusion.

David Blackwood (b. 1941) has won international acclaim as a printmaker, particularly for the "The Lost Party" series depicting the Newfoundland seal hunt. Born in Wesleyville, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland, he lives in Port Hope Ontario.

Of this print of Sir William Coaker adorning this book, David Blackwood writes "I was...concerned with a philosophical head, not just a portrait. The flag in the background was used for its colour. It's the banner of the Society its colour. It's the banner of the Society of United Fishermen, Newtown Branch No. 45. The symbols represent Newfoundland (the triangle point represent three Capes) and the ideals of S.U.F."


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