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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.

Allan J. MacEachen and Cape Breton Island: A Transient Legacy?

by Lachlan MacKinnon, Will Langford, and Andrew Parnaby Warm tributes for Allan J. MacEachen poured forth after his death — from politicians, journalists, and colleagues. Prime Minister Trudeau was especially effusive.  And rightly so.  MacEachen’s parliamentary career and legislative record … Continue reading

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Jason Hall reviews Jeffers Lennox, Homelands and Empires: Indigenous Spaces, Imperial Fictions, and Competition for Territory in Northeastern North America, 1690-1763

Jeffers Lennox. Homelands and Empires: Indigenous Spaces, Imperial Fictions, and Competition for Territory in Northeastern North America, 1690-1763 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017). By Jason Hall In Homelands and Empires, Jeffers Lennox posits that “[c]ompeting notions of territory and … Continue reading

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ACS Conference Deadline Extension!

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Call for Papers: Atlantic Canada Studies Conference “Coastal Exchanges: Networks and Influences” May 4-6, 2018  The Departments of English and Theatre, History and Classics, Politics, and Sociology of Acadia University invite proposals the 2018 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, … Continue reading

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Reflections on writing Maroon and M’ikmaq History

by Ruma Chopra My recently published essay in Acadiensis, “Maroons and Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia, 1796-1800,” studied the relationship between a group of deported ex-slaves from Trelawney Town (Jamaica) and the Mi’kmaq during an era of European imperial warfare. The … Continue reading

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Table of Contents for the latest issue of Acadiensis

A new issue of the journal Acadiensis is hot off the press, with plenty of exciting new research on the Atlantic region, the latest Past and Present features, a number of review essays and historiographical commentaries, and a tribute to … Continue reading

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MSVU faculty’s open letter to Frank Magazine regarding El Jones

The following open letter was written by the faculty of Mount Saint Vincent University in response to a racist cartoon of El Jones that appeared in Frank Magazine. It was originally published in Halifax’s The Coast newspaper. It is reprinted … Continue reading

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Growth Fantasies and the Shrinking City: Researching the Saint John Experience

by Gregory Marquis In 1867, Saint John was one of the top cities in the new Dominion of Canada.  For decades its chief rival was Halifax. During the early 20th century the Nova Scotia capital, in terms of population, began … Continue reading

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The 25th Anniversary of Women’s History Month

By Gail G. Campbell In 1992, the Canadian Committee on Women’s History and Status of Women Canada produced a newsletter to announce and promote our first Women’s History Month.  On 9 March of that year, as part of the celebrations … Continue reading

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The Legalization of Cannabis in New Brunswick

by Michael Boudreau Canada first criminalized drugs in 1908 when the federal government passed the Opium Act which made it an indictable offence to manufacture, possess, or sell opium for non-medical purposes.  Marijuana was added to the list of illegal … Continue reading

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New Waterford’s Fatal Day: Memorializing the New Waterford Colliery Explosion, 1917-2017

by Lachlan MacKinnon On 25 July 2017, a large crowd gathered at Colliery Lands Park in the small Cape Breton town of New Waterford to remember the worst colliery disaster in the history of the island’s coal fields. Bobby Burchell, … Continue reading

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