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Page from a child's lesson book
ca. 1920s

Immigrant children to the Canadian West initially were taught English alongside their mother tongue in an attempt to ease the assimilation process. As this page from a child's lesson book shows, the story of "The Spider" was written in both English and Ukrainian. By the outbreak of the First World War, such accommodation was quickly abandoned as enemy languages were banned, enemy aliens interned, and legislation passed prohibiting any language other than English (and sometimes French) to be taught in the schools.


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