Churchill in North America, 1929

A Three Month Tour of Canada and the United States


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About the Book

Churchill took a three-month vacation to North America in the summer and fall of 1929, a little known event in his long career. In the company of his son Randolph, his brother Jack and his nephew Johnny, he toured Canada and the United States. Notable are Churchill’s meetings with political, business, newspaper and entertainment figures (President Hoover, Prime Minister Mackenzie King, Bernard Baruch, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies and Charlie Chaplin) as well as his visits to such landmarks as the Grand Canyon, Lake Louise, Niagara Falls and Yosemite.
The Churchills also visited a lumber camp, slaughterhouse and steel factory, went fishing on the Pacific Ocean and inspected the battlefields in Quebec and Virginia. They evaded Prohibition and gambled on the stock market (about to crash). It was on this trip that Churchill gained an understanding of the two countries firsthand and deepened his feelings for Canada and the United States.

About the Author(s)

Bradley P. Tolppanan, a history librarian at Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, lives in Charleston, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Bradley P. Tolppanen
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 272
Bibliographic Info: 25 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7922-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1504-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 3

 1. The Departure, August 3 5

 2. Planning the Trip, June–August 7

 3. The Empress of Australia, August 3–9 18

 4. Quebec, August 9–12 28

 5. Montreal and Ottawa, August 12–15 39

 6. Toronto and Niagara Falls, August 16–17 58

 7. Northern Ontario, Winnipeg and Kenora, August 17–20 70

 8. Regina and Saskatoon, August 21–22 82

 9. Edmonton, Calgary, and Prince of Wales Ranch, August 23–26 92

10. The Rocky Mountains, August 26–September 1 107

11. Vancouver and Victoria, September 1–6 118

12. Seattle to Napa Valley, September 6–9 132

13. San Francisco to San Simeon, September 9–16 141

14. Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, September 17–21 158

15. Los Angeles and Catalina, September 21–26 170

16. Yosemite to Chicago, September 27–October 5 181

17. New York City, October 6–18 193

18. Virginia, Washington, and Pennsylvania, October 19–23 211

19. New York, October 23–29 222

20. The Return to England, October 29–November 5 229

Chapter Notes 235

Bibliography 251

Index 257

Book Reviews & Awards

“Tolppanen has done extensive original research”—Finest Hour; “They don’t come any more specialized than this detailed survey of Churchill’s North American tour between August and October 1929. Tolppanen’s closely set, admirably footnoted and illustrated text gives virtually an hour by hour account of the journey. The author has done an exemplary job reporting this major North American encounter”—Hillsdale College.