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John M. “Jack” Bumsted

Historian, bookseller.

A retired Professor of History at the University of Manitoba, and former President of the Manitoba Historical Society. He has written numerous popular and scholarly books on Western Canadian history, including:

  • The Flood of 1950: An Illustrated History (1993)
  • The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919: An Illustrated History (1994)
  • Red River Rebellion: An Illustrated History (1996)
  • Floods of the Centuries: A History of Flood Disasters of the Red River Valley 1776-1997 (1997)
  • Dictionary of Manitoba Biography (1999)
  • Fur Trade Wars: The Founding of Western Canada (1999)
  • Thomas Scott's Body: Essays on Early Manitoba History (2000)
  • The University of Manitoba: An Illustrated History (2001)
  • Louis Riel V. Canada: The Making of a Rebel (2001)
  • Reporting the Resistance: Alexander Begg and Joseph Hargrave on the Red River Resistance (2003)
  • Trials and Tribulations: The Emergence of Manitoba 1821-1870 (2003)
  • Lord Selkirk: A Life (2008)

Lord Selkirk: A Life, his definitive biography of Lord Selkirk, won the 2009 Dafoe Book Prize, presented by The J.W. Dafoe Foundation, in recognition of the best non-fiction book about Canada and its place in the world.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

The Quest for a Usable Founder: Lord Selkirk and Manitoba Historians, 1856-1923
Manitoba History, Number 2, 1981

Review:
Robert Bothwell, Ian Drummond and John English, Canada since 1945: Power, Politics and Provincialism
Manitoba History, Number 5, 1983

The Victorian Family in Canada in Historical Perspective: The Ross Family of Red River and the Jarvis Family of Prince Edward Island
Manitoba History, Number 13, Spring 1987

Review:
Canada Needs You, Volume 1
Manitoba History, Number 49, June 2005

President’s Message
Time Lines, Volume 38, Number 5, July/August 2006

President’s Message
Time Lines, Volume 38, Number 6, September/October 2006

President’s Message (PDF)
Time Lines, Volume 39, Number 1, November/December 2006
President’s Message (PDF)
Time Lines, Volume 39, Number 2, January/February 2007
President’s Message (PDF)
Time Lines, Volume 39, Number 3, March/April 2007

Review:
Louis A. Knafla and Jonathan Swainger (eds.), Law and Societies in the Canadian Prairie West, 1670-1940
Manitoba History, Number 53, October 2006

Review:
Jack Walker, edited by Duncan Fraser, The Great Canadian Sedition Trials: The Courts and the Winnipeg General Strike, 1919-1920
Manitoba History, Number 54, February 2007

Lord Selkirk and his Agents
The Forks and the Battle of Seven Oaks in Manitoba History

Page revised: 6 November 2012

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