Category Archives: Nova Scotia

Legalized Smuggling: Nova Scotia and American Grain Merchants, 1807-1814

by Patrick Callaway The slow development of agriculture in Nova Scotia in the wake of the American Revolution created a conundrum for provincial and imperial officials.  The need for provisions linked the colony closer to the American states than was … Continue reading

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Black Women and the Civil Rights Movement in Nova Scotia

By Claudine Bonner The 1960s and 1970s was an era of transformation and awakening for many young people, and especially for the African-descended peoples across the Diaspora.[1] To date, most scholarship focuses on how the American Black Power movement served … 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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Pirates, 1726: The Regionalism of Danger in the Early Northeast

This article originally appeared at Borealia and is reposted here with their permission. by Alexandra L. Montgomery When Samuel Doty put in to Mirligueche Bay in Nova Scotia for water on 25 August 1726, everything still seemed to be going … Continue reading

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Nina Cohen and the transformation of public space in Nova Scotia

by Meaghan Beaton Nina Cohen was a well-known community activist from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, who dedicated herself to many social reform and cultural causes throughout the province from the 1930s-70s. While she was best known for her work with … Continue reading

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The Spectre of Booms Past

by Don Nerbas Sean Cadigan recently delivered the seventeenth annual J.B. McLachlan Memorial Lecture at Cape Breton University. The event is scheduled to coincide with announcement of the recipient of the J.B. McLachlan Scholarship. Funded by the McLachlan family and … Continue reading

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Remembering the “Planters” in Canadian History

by Margaret Conrad I take some pleasure in seeing “Planter Nova Scotia” mentioned in various publications.[1] While the term “planter” was occasionally applied to the immigrants from New England who settled in the old colony of Nova Scotia (which included … Continue reading

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Whose Left? A Call for the Revival of Parliamentary Socialism in Canada

This post was originally published on We are re-posting it here because we feel its analysis of the Nova Scotia NDP would be of interest to our readers. —– By Lachlan MacKinnon Canada, the United States, and the U.K. … Continue reading

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