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About The Acadiensis Blog

The Acadiensis Blog is a place for Atlantic Canadian historians to share their research with both a scholarly and general audience. We welcome submissions on all topics Atlantic Canadian. If you are interested in contributing to the blog, please contact Acadiensis Digital Communications Editor Corey Slumkoski at corey.slumkoski@msvu.ca.

Enslaved in Nova Scotia: The Case of Rose Welch

By Robyn Brown There once was a young woman gave birth to a baby while living in a small outport of Nova Scotia. Unmarried, she delivered alone in a bedroom of the house where she lived; no one in the … Continue reading

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Remembering Michael S. Cross

By Peter L. Twohig When I heard that Michael died, I just wanted to hear his voice again. So I listened to a lecture he gave at Memorial University in 1983. The lecture series on Canadian and Working Class history … Continue reading

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CFP: Atlantic Canada Studies Conference 2020 in Maine

2020 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference: Crossing Borders, Bridging Boundaries Call for Papers The Canadian-American Center and the Department of History at the University of Maine invite proposals for the 2020 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference to be held at the University … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Readers and Boston Booksellers in the Early Nineteenth Century

By Keith Grant In the early decades of the nineteenth century, the circulation of books was a highly localized activity.[1] Although advances in steam, stereotyping, and stamps were taking place, before about 1840 in most places outside the metropole the … Continue reading

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CFP: Critical Perspectives on Cannabis in Canada

CALL FOR PAPERS Special Issue of Journal of Canadian Studies “Critical Perspectives on Cannabis in Canada” Guest Editors: Michael Boudreau and Sarah Hamill Deadline: December 1, 2019 For much of the twentieth century, recreational drugs, notably cannabis, have been seen … Continue reading

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“Be … In this Place”: Conceptions of Atlantic Canadian Citizenship

By Sarah King The Atlantic Canadian perspective is often glaringly absent from national narratives on politics and history – including CBC documentaries like 2000’s Canada: A People’s History (for a thorough discussion of this, see Margaret Conrad’s (2001b) article in … Continue reading

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Christo Aivalis reviews Cecil Foster. They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada (Windsor, Ontario: Biblioasis, 2019).

By Christo Aivalis Cecil Foster in They Call Me George offers readers an excellent piece of accessible writing and analysis that skillfully melds together the multifaceted histories of labour, diplomacy, politics, gender, race, empire, and culture. In so doing, Foster … Continue reading

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A “backwoods tragedy”: The Bannister Brothers and Capital Punishment in New Brunswick, 1936

By Michael Boudreau In September of 1936 Arthur and Daniel Bannister were executed, standing back-to-back, for the “callous” murders of Philip Lake, his wife Bertha, and one of their children (Jackie) in Pacific Junction, Westmorland County. The Halifax Herald called … Continue reading

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Public schools and ratepayers in late 19th century New Brunswick: a linguistic divide?

By Elisa Sance On January 18th, 1899, Patrick Swift from District #7, Parish of Harcourt, New Brunswick wrote a letter [1] to James R. Inch, Chief Superintendent of Education to protest the hiring of a third-class [2] French teacher in … Continue reading

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Decorous Dispossession: Legally Extinguishing Acadian Landholding Rights

By Elizabeth Mancke In August 1759, the Nova Scotia assembly passed “An Act for the Quieting of Possessions to the Protestant Grantees of the Lands, formerly occupied by the French Inhabitants, and for preventing vexatious Actions relating to the same.”  … Continue reading

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