A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 19, 2021
Great White North (arctic; Canada)

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(Oxford English Dictionary)
Great White North n.  (a) the Arctic; (b) (in later use, chiefly North American) Canada.
1895 A. W. Greely Addr. 6th Internat. Geogr. Congr. in E. B. Baldwin Search for North Pole (1896) i. 16 If one would gain an adequate idea of the true aspects of such voyaging, he must turn to the original journals, penned in the great White North by brave men.
1910 H. S. Wright (title) The Great White North: the story of polar exploration from the earliest times to the discovery of the Pole.
1981 Film Comment May 77 These two guys, Bob and Doug McKenzie..sit on a mock-up set with a map of Canada, the Great White North, behind them and a dozen cases of Molson’s Canadian surrounding them.

OCLC WorldCat record
The great white North : the story of polar exploration from the earliest times to the discovery of the Pole
Author: Helen S Wright
Publisher: New York : Macmillan, 1910

OCLC WorldCat record
The great white North
Author: Bob McKenzie; Doug J McKenzie
Publisher: Mississauga, Ont. : Anthem Records, [1981]
Edition/Format: Audiobook on LP : LP recording : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Rethinking the Great White North : race, nature, and the historical geographies of whiteness in Canada
Author: Audrey Kobayashi; Laura Cameron; Andrew Baldwin
Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format: Print book : Biography : English
Summary:
“Canada’s claim to a distinct national identity is bound to the idea of a Great White North. Images of snow, wilderness, and emptiness in our most cherished narratives seem innocent, yet this path-breaking volume shows they contain the seeds of contemporary racism. Rethinking the Great White North moves the idea of whiteness to the centre of debates about Canadian history, geography, and identity. Informed by critical race theory and the insight that racism is geographical as well as historical and cultural, scholars from multiple disciplines explore how notions of race, whiteness, and nature helped shape the nation, from travel writing to treaty making, from scientific research to park planning, and within small towns, cities, and tourist centres. Four themes—identity and knowledge, city spaces, Arctic journeys, and Native land—serve as entry points to trace how Canada’s identity as a white country was built on historical geographies of nature. This insightful collection not only reassesses Canadian history and identity, it offers a vocabulary for thinking about whiteness, nature, and nation as Canada enters into new debates about the North and the meaning of the nation."--Pub. desc.

Posted by Barry Popik
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