Researching the social credit movement

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1944 - Beginning of series of studies on the social credit movement

In the 1930s, the social credit movement becomes a significant political force, especially in Alberta where they are the ruling provincial party. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Canadian Social Science Research Council decide that the movement’s origins and rise to power are topics worthy of extensive study and a good way to encourage social science research in Canada. Professor S.D. Clark of the University of Alberta is selected to lead the project, which results in the publication of several volumes dealing with various aspects of the movement. It is expected to be completed in two years. However, it is not until 1959 that the final volume is released. Despite the long incubation time, in the final account, the project results in the publication of ten valuable volumes on Western Canadian history, economics, religion and politics.