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ERIC Number: EJ864806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0275-7664
A Prairie Parable: The 1933 Bates Tragedy
Waiser, Bill
Great Plains Quarterly, v29 n3 p203-219 Sum 2009
It was one of the more harrowing episodes of the Great Depression. Ted and Rose Bates had failed in business in Glidden, Saskatchewan, in 1932 and again on the west coast of Canada the following year. When they were subsequently turned down for relief assistance twice, first in Vancouver and then in Saskatoon, because they did not meet the local residency requirements, the couple decided to end their lives in a remote rural schoolyard, taking their eight-year-old son, Jackie, with them rather than face the shame of returning home to Glidden as a relief case. But it was only the child who died when the suicide plan went terribly wrong, and the parents were charged with murder and brought to trial in the spring of 1934.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada