Working in the Nineteenth Century

Discussion Questions

  1. What issues stand out from the selected interviews from the report of the royal commission?
  2. What impression did you get about the nature of work in nineteenth-century Ontario from this document?
  3. What was missing from the selections you read? What did you want to know more about?
  4. Why did some interviewees wish to remain anonymous in the report of the royal commission?
  5. In what ways did the commissioners questions influence the responses in the document? How else might the format of a royal commission hearing influence the answers workers gave?
  6. In what ways did interviewees describe the work of men and women?
  7. How did the few women interviewees respond differently than the men?
  8. What seems most significant from the word cloud of the report of the royal commission?