The Fall & Rise of Mackenzie King, 1911-1919

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CHAPTER 5
A Much-investigated State

Developments in connection with the Colorado situation were responsible for a major interruption in his studies early in October. They had not been well started before Mackenzie King was forced to forsake them, and give almost exclusive attention to this particular problem in this particular area. Such a narrowing of the scope of the investigation was in conflict with the imposing and far-reaching programme which the Rockefeller Foundation had authorized in the summer of 1914 and which it had outlined in its formal announcement of October 1, the day Mackenzie King commenced his work. The announcement had clearly stated: 'In no sense will the investigation be local or restricted, or carried on with particular reference to any existing situation, or, for that matter, with reference to conditions in any one country. The experience of the several countries of the world will be drawn upon.' In June King had committed himself to the undertaking and had immediately begun to shape his plans for an inquiry on the contemplated world-wide scale. The war, however, had prevented the investigation from assuming these proportions immediately. Other circumstances now arose which made it unwise to make a beginning even on a nation-wide scale. It had been anticipated that the labour troubles in Colorado would be one subject that would be considered in the broader study, but Colorado demanded his im

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