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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.

Erin Morton reviews Maudie

By Erin Morton The story of the Marshalltown, Nova Scotia, self-taught painter Maud Lewis is one that has seen screen media attention since 1965, when the CBC television show Telescope first featured an episode on her life and work. Entitled … Continue reading

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CFP: Edited Collection on Cape Breton

To All Interested Parties, Lachlan MacKinnon and Andy Parnaby are sourcing articles for a proposed edited collection of material relating to the history of Cape Breton Island. There is now a significant cluster of scholars working on material relating to … Continue reading

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Encounter in the Northeast: A Reconsideration of Early Language Barriers

By Tabitha Renaud Much of what historians know about early contact between European explorers and indigenous peoples in northeastern America comes from close readings of the surviving explorer journals of the sixteenth century. European expedition narratives generally “translate” indigenous “speakers” … Continue reading

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Dick Hill, Re-Enslaved, Shelburne, 1787, Nova Scotia

By Harvey Amani Whitfield This historical document about Dick Hill highlights the type of troubled freedom that the Black Loyalists encountered in the Maritimes after the American Revolution. Although Hill had obtained his freedom during the war (along with thousands … Continue reading

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Don Nerbas reviews Scott MacDonald and Robert D. Gregory, From Humble Beginnings: A History of the Credit Union Movement on Prince Edward Island, 1936-2016.

Scott MacDonald with Robert D. Gregory. From Humble Beginnings: A History of the Credit Union Movement on Prince Edward Island, 1936-2016 (Charlottetown: Acorn Press, 2017). By Don Nerbas Scholars have long recognized the unique role of cooperative enterprise in the … Continue reading

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Atlantic Canada Studies Conference – May 4-5, 2018

Today’s coverage of the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference occurs via Unwritten Histories, who have graciously agreed to share Stephanie Pettigrew’s observations of the conference. By Stephanie Pettigrew This year’s Atlantic Canada Studies Conference took place in the beautiful and historic … Continue reading

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History on Appeal: Originalism and Evidence in the Comeau Case

This article is being cross-posted with our friends at Borealia and ActiveHistory. By Bradley Miller The Supreme Court declined this month to radically change the way that Canada works. In R v Comeau, lawyers for a New Brunswick man ticketed … Continue reading

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New Issue of The Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society

By Anne Marie Lane Jonah This week the Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society is finally available. We have to apologize, but the Journal had a very challenging year last year, losing the founding editor, Brian Cuthbertson, to … Continue reading

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Six Thoughts in Search of an Epilogue

Editor’s note: This is the sixth article in “Soundings,” a series of articles jointly published by The Otter ~ la loutre and the Acadiensis Blog that considers new approaches to history and the environment in Atlantic Canada. The entire series is available here on the Otter and here on Acadiensis. Tina … Continue reading

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When History Stops at the Border

Editor’s note: This is the fifth article in “Soundings,” a series of articles jointly published by The Otter ~ la loutre and the Acadiensis Blog that considers new approaches to history and the environment in Atlantic Canada. The entire series is available here on the Otter and here on Acadiensis. ** … Continue reading

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