The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919

Royal North West Mounted Police operations in Winnipeg General Strike, 1919 Public domain

The 1919 strike is the largest in Canada’s history, and shut Winnipeg down. While the strike started out as a simple labor dispute, there were many factors involved in how it played out, and a conspiracy theory that it was a communist uprising.

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