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HOLY DAY OR HOLIDAY? THE GIDDY TROLLEY AND THE CANADIAN SUNDAY, 1890-1914

Sharon P. Meen
Urban History Review / Revue d'histoire urbaine
Vol. 9, No. 1 (June 1980 / juin 1980), pp. 49-63
Published by: Urban History Review
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43561649
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

L'arrivée du tramway dans les grandes villes, du. Canada a coïncidé avec un changement d'attitudes envers le jour du Seigneur. La question de savoir si le tramvay devait circuler ou non le dimanche souleva un débat public - le dimanche é tait-il jour du Seigneur ou jour de congé? Le présent article examine la controverse qui opposait les partisans du tranway aux tenants du respect du repos dominical. Ces derniers tentèrent de bien des façons de faire obstacle au tranway, mais celui-ci devait se révéler un ennemi insaisissable. Dès 1914, le tranway était déclaré franc vainqueur; ses troupes sillonnaient alors les rues des grandes villes d'un bout à l'autre du Canada. D'après cet article, la victoire du tranway est due à l'appui qu'il reçut de la population des gouvernements et des tribunaux. The arrival of the electric street car in Canadian cities coincided with changing attitudes towards Sunday. The question of whether or not street cars might run on Sunday prompted a public debate concerning the proper use of the Sabbath - should it be a Holy Day or a holiday? This article examines the nature of the controversy over the Sunday street car and the struggle between the Sunday car and its Sabbatarian opponents. Sabbatarians challenged the Sunday car in a variety of ways but found it a most vexing and elusive target. By 1914, the Sunday car had triumphed, running merrily in cities from coast to coast. Its success, this article suggests, was due to support it received from the public, governments and the courts.

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