Category Archives: New Brunswick

“bad characters”: The Execution of George & Rufus Hamilton in Fredericton, 1949

by Michael Boudreau The execution of George and Rufus Hamilton in Fredericton at 2:00am on 26 July 1949, the last execution in New Brunswick’s capital, underscores Constance Backhouse’s assertion that the legal system “played a principal and dominant role in … Continue reading

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Geography and Governance: The Problem of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1785-1927

by Ged Martin British historian Ged Martin has e-published an extended essay on 19th-century Saint John, New Brunswick. What follows is a brief introduction to that essay. To read the full paper please click through at the end of this … Continue reading

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Amplifying the Distance: ARDA and the Media in Two “Poverty Capitals”

By David Tough I had the pleasure of attending the Atlantic Canadian Studies conference for the first time this year. It was a first in a lot of ways, in fact. It was my first time at Mount Alison University, … Continue reading

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Procrastinating the Bricklin

by Dimitry Anastakis Projects evolve. And if you take long enough to get them done, they can evolve in weird and wonderful ways, ways that ultimately result in something much better than what was first envisioned. Or so I hope. … Continue reading

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Abortion in New Brunswick

by Lianne McTavish When the editors of Acadiensis asked me to write an article on the history of abortion in New Brunswick, I immediately said yes. I study the history of abortion, pregnancy, and childbirth broadly but specialize in early … Continue reading

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Koral LaVorgna reviews Dan Soucoup’s A Short History of Fredericton

Dan Soucoup. A Short History of Fredericton (Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2015). by Koral LaVorgna Fredericton became a city in order to satisfy a particular tenet of English ecclesiastical law that required city status for the appointment of a bishop. In … Continue reading

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Jacobina Campbell’s Diary

Note: The following is the preface to the latest book from Acadiensis Press, A Calendar of Life in a Narrow Valley: Jacobina Campbell’s Diary, Taymouth, New Brunswick, 1825-1843. The book includes editorial and biographical notes as well as an introductory … Continue reading

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Seeing the Forest (Workers) for the Trees: Environmental and Labour History in New Brunswick’s Forests

This post was originally published on the NiCHE blog The Otter. We share it here with their generous permission. by Mark McLaughlin We scholars can sometimes be our own worst enemies. Take, for example, how we often establish rigid theoretical … Continue reading

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100 Year Quarrel over New Brunswick Capital Throws Light on Operation of Provincial Politics

The following blog post is an abridged version of a study of the century-long rivalry between Saint John and Fredericton over which city should be the capital of New Brunswick. by Ged Martin When New Brunswick became a separate province … Continue reading

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Book Review: Keith Grant on David G. Bell, Loyalist Rebellion in New Brunswick

David G. Bell, Loyalist Rebellion in New Brunswick: A Defining Conflict for Canada’s Political Culture (Halifax: Formac, 2013). by Keith Grant In March 1786, the New Brunswick House of Assembly passed the Act against Tumults and Disorders, upon pretence of … Continue reading

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