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David Thompson

David Thompson

The Hilda Neatby Prize English Article


David Thompson, “More Sugar, Less Salt: Edith Hancox and the Passionate Mobilization of the Dispossessed, 1919–1928” Labour/Le Travail 85 (2020): 127-163. https://doi.org/10.1353/llt.2020.0005

Little is known about the women who contributed to Winnipeg’s early twentieth-century labour movement.  David Thompson’s “More Sugar, Less Salt” intervenes by providing a fascinating analysis of one of the city’s most prolific labour activists: Edith Hancox.  Motivated by personal experience and political conviction, Hancox challenged the capitalist patriarchy in Winnipeg throughout the decade following the General Strike by organizing demonstrations, making public speeches, writing articles and letters, and performing essential but undervalued emotional labour.  Drawing from her writing as well as from archival, government, and family records, Thompson explains how a radical motherhood approach shaped Hancox’s social justice work.