Land Sale Complaint

Land Sale Complaint


Title Proper F0 GR1222 BOX 043 FILE 01
Date(s) 1942
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This file contains a letter from a disgruntled RCAF corporal and WWI veteran over the “tax sale” of his land in Maple Ridge. The corporal has “no intention of submitting to this land grab meekly” and sees higher taxes for high schools as a conspiracy to “give more education to the Japs and Germans who, in the immediate vicinity of [his] place, own almost all the land.” Corporal MacCaig conflates his own personal misfortunes with a racist worldview stating that “the Japs” make sure there is no “dearth of little Japs to fill up all the new space in the new school.”
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Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized selectively.



Land Sale Complaint
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