The Searchlight, Volumes 1 and 2
Reference #: 1899
List Price: $180.00
These first two issues of the publication of the Provincial Party of British Columbia are very scarce. The party was organized in 1922 “by an alliance of disaffected Conservatives who objected to the leadership of William Bowser, and members of the United Farmers of BC who wished to extend their movement into electoral politics.” (The Encyclopedia of British Columbia, Harbour Publishing, 2000; p. 579.) Despite some early success, the Party ceased to exist within the decade.
While McCall’s magazine will be remembered as the source of the term ‘muckraking’, this short-lived periodical followed the same trend, occasioned as it was by a stance against Conservative Leader William Bowser, and reflecting a movement amongst the United Farmers of British Columbia to be more politically involved (see Ian Parker, The Provincial Party in BC Studies No. 8, Winter 1970-71). These two broadsheets, then, evidence an important, if short-lived, part of the political history of the Province. Our research indicates that there were likely eight issues published before the collapse of the party.
They are somewhat worn, but complete issues. Staple bound; octavo (approx. 9”). They have been 2-hole punched but offset, though without loss of text (see images). Some light marginal notations – particularly the repetition of page numbers on the upper corners of each leaf - and underlining. Rare BCana.
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