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Upcoming Publications in Canadian History – December 2017 & January 2018

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Welcome back to our monthly series, “Upcoming Publications in Canadian History,” where I’ve compiled information on all the upcoming releases for the following month in the field of Canadian history from every Canadian academic press, all in one place. This includes releases in both English and French. To see the releases from last month, click here.

***Please note that the cover images and book blurbs are used with permission from the publishers.***

N.B. This list only includes new releases, not rereleases in different formats.

 

December 4

Earle H. Waugh, Al Rashid Mosque: Building Canadian Muslim Communities (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2017)

Cover of the book Al Rashid Mosque: building Canadian Muslim Communities by Earle H. WaughForty years ago, as a young scholar in Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta, Al Rashid’s Muslims welcomed my queries, tolerated my ignorance, and joyfully opened their homes and their hearts.

Edmonton’s Al Rashid Mosque has played a key role in Islam’s Canadian development. Founded by Muslims from Lebanon, it has grown into a vibrant community fully integrated into Canada’s cultural mosaic. The mosque continues to be a concrete expression of social good, a symbol of a proud Muslim-Canadian identity. Al Rashid Mosque provides a welcome introduction to the ethics and values of homegrown Muslims. The book traces the mosque’s role in education and community leadership, and celebrates the numerous contributions of Muslim Canadians in Edmonton and across Canada. Written to mark the 75th anniversary of the mosque’s opening in 1938, Al Rashid Mosque is a timely and important volume of Islamic and Canadian history.

Formats Available: Paperback

Publisher’s Link: http://www.uap.ualberta.ca/titles/897-9781772123333-al-rashid-mosque

Buy it from Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=al+rashid+mosque

 

December 11

Doris Jeanne MacKinnon, Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2017)

Cover of book Metis Pioneers by Doris Jeanne MacKinnon In Metis Pioneers, Doris Jeanne MacKinnon compares the survival strategies of two Metis women born during the fur trade—one from the French-speaking free trade tradition and one from the English-speaking Hudson’s Bay Company tradition—who settled in southern Alberta as the fur trade transitioned to a sedentary agricultural and industrial economy. MacKinnon provides rare insight into their lives, demonstrating the contributions Metis women made to the building of the prairie west. This is a compelling tale of two women’s acts of quiet resistance in the final days of the British Empire.

Formats Available: Paperback

Publisher’s Link: http://www.uap.ualberta.ca/titles/893-9781772122718-metis-pioneers

Buy it from Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Metis-Pioneers-Isabella-Hardisty-Lougheed/dp/1772122718/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510759295&sr=1-1&keywords=metis+pioneers

 

 

December 15

Paul Nadasdy, Sovereignty’s Entailments: First Nation State Formation in the Yukon (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017)

Cover of book, Sovereignty's Entailments, by Paul NadasdyIn recent decades, indigenous peoples in the Yukon have signed land claim and self-government agreements that spell out the nature of government-to-government relations and grant individual First Nations significant, albeit limited, powers of governance over their peoples, lands, and resources. Those agreements, however, are predicated on the assumption that if First Nations are to qualify as governments at all, they must be fundamentally state-like, and they frame First Nation powers in the culturally contingent idiom of sovereignty.

Based on over five years of ethnographic research [carried out] in the southwest Yukon, Sovereignty’s Entailments is a close ethnographic analysis of everyday practices of state formation in a society whose members do not take for granted the cultural entailments of sovereignty. This approach enables Nadasdy to illustrate the full scope and magnitude of the “cultural revolution” that is state formation and expose the culturally specific assumptions about space, time, and sociality that lie at the heart of sovereign politics.

Nadasdy’s timely and insightful work illuminates how the process of state formation is transforming Yukon Indian people’s relationships with one another, animals, and the land.

Formats available: Hardcover, paperback (ePub available January 2018)

Publisher’s Link: https://utorontopress.com/ca/sovereignty-s-entailments-2

Buy it from Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Sovereigntys-Entailments-First-Nation-Formation/dp/148752207X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510762338&sr=1-1&keywords=sovereignty%27s+entailments

 

December 27

Myra Rutherdale, Whitney Lackenbauer, & Kerry Abel (eds), Roots of Entanglement: Essays in the History of Native-Newcomer Relations (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017)

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Roots of Entanglement offers an historical exploration of the relationships between Indigenous peoples and European newcomers in the territory that would become Canada. Various engagements between Indigenous peoples and the state are emphasized and questions are raised about the ways in which the past has been perceived and how those perceptions have shaped identity and, in turn, interaction both past and present.

Specific topics such as land, resources, treaties, laws, policies, and cultural politics are explored through a range of perspectives that reflect state-of-the-art research in the field of Indigenous history. Editors Myra Rutherdale, Whitney Lackenbauer, and Kerry Abel have assembled an array of top scholars including luminaries such as Keith Carlson, Bill Waiser, Skip Ray, and Ken Coates. Roots of Entanglement is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call for a better appreciation of the complexities of history in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, ePub

Publisher’s Link: https://utorontopress.com/ca/roots-of-entanglement-2

Buy it from Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Roots-Entanglement-History-Native-Newcomer-Relations/dp/1487521375/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510761409&sr=1-1&keywords=roots+of+entanglement

 

January 15

Allan Downey, The Creator’s Game Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018)

Cover of book the Creator's Game by Allan DowneyA gift from the Creator – that is where it all began. The game of lacrosse has been a central element of many Indigenous cultures for centuries, but once non-Indigenous players entered the sport, it became a site of appropriation – then reclamation – of Indigenous identities. Focusing on the history of lacrosse in Indigenous communities from the 1860s to the 1990s, The Creator’s Game explores Indigenous-non-Indigenous relations and Indigenous identity formation. While the game was being stripped of its cultural and ceremonial significance and being appropriated to construct a new identity for the nation-state of Canada, it was also being used by Indigenous peoples for multiple ends: to resist residential school experiences; initiate pan-Indigenous political mobilization; and articulate Indigenous sovereignty and nationhood on the world stage.

The multilayered story of lacrosse serves as a potent illustration of how identity and nationhood are formed and reformed. Engaging and innovative, The Creator’s Gameprovides a unique view of Indigenous self-determination in the face of settler-colonialism.

The Creator’s Game will be of interest to scholars and students of Canadian history, Indigenous studies, political science, and sports history.

Formats Available: Hardcover

Publisher’s Link:http://www.ubcpress.ca/the-creators-game

Buy it from Amazon.ca:https://www.amazon.ca/Creators-Game-Lacrosse-Indigenous-Nationhood/dp/0774836024/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510759858&sr=1-1&keywords=the+creator%27s+game

 

Jane Nicolas, Canadian Carnival Freaks and the Extraordinary Body, 1900-1970 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018)

Cover of Book, Canadian Carnival Freaks, by Jane NicolasIn 1973, a five year old girl known as Pookie was exhibited as “The Monkey Girl” at the Canadian National Exhibition. Pookie was the last of a number of children exhibited as ‘freaks’ in twentieth-century Canada.

Jane Nicholas takes us on a search for answers about how and why the freak show persisted into the 1970s. In Canadian Carnival Freaks and the Extraordinary Body, 1900–1970s, Nicholas offers a sophisticated analysis of the place of the freak show in twentieth-century culture. Freak shows survived and thrived because of their flexible business model, government support, and by mobilizing cultural and medical ideas of the body and normalcy. This book is the first full length study of the freak show in Canada and is a significant contribution to our understanding of the history of Canadian popular culture, attitudes toward children, and the social construction of able-bodiness. Based on an impressive research foundation, the book will be of particular interest to anyone interested in the history of disability, the history of childhood, and the history of consumer culture.

Formats Available: ePub (Hardcover/Paperbacks available in February)

Publisher’s Link: https://utorontopress.com/ca/canadian-carnival-freaks-and-the-extraordinary-body-1900-1970s-2

Buy it on Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Canadian-Carnival-Freaks-Extraordinary-1900-1970s/dp/1487522088/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510761083&sr=1-1&keywords=canadian+carnival+freaks

 

Julie Guard, Radical Housewives: Price Wars and Food Politics in Mid-Twentieth Century Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018)

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Radical Housewives is a history of the Canada’s Housewives Consumers Association. This association was a community-based women’s organization with ties to the communist and social democratic left that, from 1937 until the early 1950s, led a broadly based popular movement for state control of prices and made other far-reaching demands on the state. As radical consumer activists, the Housewives engaged in gender-transgressive political activism that challenged the government to protect consumers’ interests rather than just those of business while popularizing socialist solutions to the economic crises of the Great Depression and the immediate postwar years.

Julia Guard’s exhaustive research, including archival research and interviews with twelve former Housewives, recovers a history of women’s social justice activism in an era often considered dormant and adds a Canadian dimension to the history of politicized consumerism and of politicized materialism.  Radical Housewives reinterprets the view of postwar Canada as economically prosperous and reveals the left’s role in the origins of the food security movement.

Formats Available: Hardcover, paperback, ePub

Publisher’s Link: https://utorontopress.com/ca/radical-housewives-2

Buy it from Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Radical-Housewives-Politics-Mid-Twentieth-Century/dp/1487521812/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510761809&sr=1-1&keywords=radical+housewives

 

Jason Ellis, A Class by Themselves?: Children, Youth, and Special Education in a North American City – Toronto, 1910-45 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018)

Cover of book, A class by themselves by Jason EllisIn A Class by Themselves?, Jason Ellis provides a erudite and balanced history of special needs education, an early twentieth century educational innovation that continues to polarize school communities across Canada, the United States, and beyond.

Ellis situates the evolution of this educational innovation in its proper historical context to explore the rise of intelligence testing, the decline of child labour and rise of vocational guidance, emerging trends in mental hygiene and child psychology, and the implementation of a new progressive curriculum. At the core of this study are the students. This book is the first to draw deeply on rich archival sources, including 1000 pupil records of young people with learning difficulties, who attended public schools between 1918 and 1945. Ellis uses these records to retell individual stories that illuminate how disability filtered down through the school system’s many nooks and crannies to mark disabled students as different from (and often inferior to) other school children.  A Class by Themselves? sheds new light on these and other issues by bringing special education’s curious past to bear on its constantly contested present.

Formats Available: Hardcover, paperback, ePub

Publisher’s Link: https://utorontopress.com/ca/a-class-by-themselves-2

Buy it from Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Class-Themselves-Children-Education-American/dp/1442628715/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510762083&sr=1-1&keywords=a+class+by+themselves

 

Julia Christensen, Christopher Cox, & Lisa Szabo-Jones (eds), Activating the Heart: Storytelling, Knowledge Sharing, and Relationship (Waterloo: WLU Press, 2018)

Cover of book, Activating the HeartActivating the Heart is an exploration of storytelling as a tool for knowledge production and sharing to build new connections between people and their histories, environments, and cultural geographies. The collection pays particular attention to the significance of storytelling in Indigenous knowledge frameworks and extends into other ways of knowing in works where scholars have embraced narrative and story as a part of their research approach.

In the first section, Storytelling to Understand, authors draw on both theoretical and empirical work to examine storytelling as a way of knowing. In the second section, Storytelling to Share, authors demonstrate the power of stories to share knowledge and convey significant lessons, as well as to engage different audiences in knowledge exchange. The third section, Storytelling to Create, contains three poems and a short story that engage with storytelling as a means to produce or create knowledge, particularly through explorations of relationship to place.

The result is an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue that yields important insights in terms of qualitative research methods, language and literacy, policy-making, human–environment relationships, and healing. This book is intended for scholars, artists, activists, policymakers, and practitioners who are interested in storytelling as a method for teaching, cross-cultural understanding, community engagement, and knowledge exchange.

Formats Available: Paperback

Publisher’s Link: https://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Books/A/Activating-the-Heart

Buy it from Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Activating-Heart-Storytelling-Knowledge-Relationship/dp/1771122196/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510762707&sr=1-1&keywords=activating+the+heart

 

January 25

Peter J. Usher, Joey Jacobson’s War: A Jewish-Canadian Airman in the Second World War (Waterloo: WLU Press, 2018)

Cover of book, Joey Jacobson's War In the spring of 1940 Canada sent hundreds of highly trained volunteers to serve in Britain’s Royal Air Force as it began a concerted bombing campaign against Germany. Nearly half of them were killed or captured within a year. This is the story of one of those airmen, as told through his own letters and diaries as well as those of his family and friends.

Joey Jacobson, a young Jewish man from Westmount on the Island of Montreal, trained as a navigator and bomb-aimer in Western Canada. On arriving in England he was assigned to No. 106 Squadron, a British unit tasked with the bombing of Germany. Joey Jacobson’s Wartells, in his own words, why he enlisted, his understanding of strategy, tactics, and the effectiveness of the air war at its lowest point, how he responded to the inevitable battle stress, and how he became both a hopeful idealist and a seasoned airman. Jacobson’s written legacy as a serviceman is impressive in scope and depth and provides a lively and intimate account of a Jewish Canadian’s life in the air and on the ground, written in the intensity of the moment, unfiltered by the memoirist’s reflection, revision, or hindsight. Accompanying excerpts from his father’s diary show the maturation of the relationship between father and son in a dangerous time.

Formats Available: Paperback

Publisher’s Link: https://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Books/J/Joey-Jacobson-s-War

Buy it from Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Joey-Jacobsons-War-Jewish-Canadian-Airman/dp/1771123427/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510840603&sr=8-1&keywords=joey+jacobson%27s+war

 

Better Late than Never

Here are some of the books we missed in past posts:

Jean-Claude Massé, Le Témiscouata. De la Préhistoire à la Confédération (Québec: PUL, 2017)

Cover of book, Le Témiscouata, by Jean MasséAu fil du temps, le toponyme Témiscouata a désigné un lac, un portage, une seigneurie, et plus récemment, une région administrative sous la forme d’abord d’une circonscription électorale, aujourd’hui d’une municipalité régionale de comté. Cet ouvrage retrace l’histoire du Témiscouata d’avant la Confédération. Plusieurs sujets y sont traités en profondeur parmi lesquels l’état du territoire pendant et après la dernière glaciation, les occupants préhistoriques, les Etchemins-Malécites, le Portage de Témiscouata, les premiers projets de colonisation, la vie précaire des pionniers, la seigneurie du lac Témiscouata et de Madawaska, le séjour du seigneur Alexandre Fraser au lac Témiscouata, l’arrivée des barons du bois américains, la frontière internationale, l’occupation militaire, le traité de Webster-Ashburton, l’exploitation forestière avant 1850, la frontière avec le Nouveau-Brunswick, l’essor démographique d’après 1850, la construction du chemin neuf entre 1856 et 1866, l’ouverture des terres de la Couronne à la colonisation.

Formats Available: Paperback

Publisher’s Link: https://www.pulaval.com/produit/le-temiscouata-et-son-portage-des-origines-a-la-confederation

Buy it from Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/T%C3%A9miscouata-Pr%C3%A9histoire-%C3%A0-Conf%C3%A9d%C3%A9ration/dp/2763736602/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510840975&sr=1-1&keywords=le+t%C3%A9miscouata

 

Jean Des Gagniers, Le voyage au bout du vent. La Nouvelle-France et la mer aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles (Québec: PUL 2017)

Cover of Book, Le Voyage au bout du vent, by Jean Des Gagniers” Le voyage au bout du vent a pour modeste ambition de retracer de façon globale et donc simplifiée l’ensemble des activités maritimes qui ont précédé et accompagné la création et le développement de la Nouvelle-France jusqu’à la fin du règne de Louis XIV.

Ce livre qui n’a pas la prétention d’être savant est pour moi une sorte de retour à la mer à laquelle les miens sont étroitement liés depuis trois siècles. Davantage, même, si je songe à un lointain ascendant, Vénitien blanc vivant à Chypre au temps des Lusignan. Peut-être est-ce à la suite de la désastreuse invasion mamelouke de 1426 qu’un de ses descendants a pu fuir l’île et se réfugier au Poitou d’où est parti un ancêtre en 1663. C’est, à travers les époques, traverser bien des mers. ”

Formats Available: Paperback, PDF

Publisher’s Link: https://www.pulaval.com/produit/le-voyage-au-bout-du-vent-la-nouvelle-france-et-la-mer-aux-xvie-et-xviie-siecles

Buy it from Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/voyage-bout-vent-Nouvelle-France-mer/dp/2763730450/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510841394&sr=1-1&keywords=Le+voyage+au+bout+du+vent

 

Jordan Stranger-Ross & Pamela Sugiman (eds), Witness to Loss: Race, Culpability, and Memory in the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians (Kingston: MQUP 2017)

Cover of Book, Witness to LossWhen the federal government uprooted and interned Japanese Canadians en masse in 1942, Kishizo Kimura saw his life upended along with tens of thousands of others. But his story is also unique: as a member of two controversial committees that oversaw the forced sale of the property of Japanese Canadians in Vancouver during the Second World War, Kimura participated in the dispossession of his own community.

In Witness to Loss Kimura’s previously unknown memoir – written in the last years of his life – is translated from Japanese to English and published for the first time. This remarkable document chronicles a history of racism in British Columbia, describes the activities of the committees on which Kimura served, and seeks to defend his actions. Diverse reflections of leading historians, sociologists, and a community activist and educator who lived through this history give context to the memoir, inviting readers to grapple with a rich and contentious past. More complex than just hero or villain, oppressor or victim, Kimura raises important questions about the meaning of resistance and collaboration and the constraints faced by an entire generation.

Illuminating the difficult, even impossible, circumstances that confronted the victims of racist state action in the mid-twentieth century, Witness to Loss reminds us that the challenge of understanding is greater than that of judgment.

Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback

Publisher’s Link: http://www.mqup.ca/witness-to-loss-products-9780773551213.php?page_id=73&

Buy it from Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Witness-Loss-Culpability-Dispossession-Canadians/dp/0773551212/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510841728&sr=1-1&keywords=witness+to+loss

 


That’s all for this month! I hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you did, please consider sharing it on the social media platform of your choice! Are there any books in particular that you are looking forward to? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t get to check back on Sunday for a brand new Canadian history roundup! See you then!

Historians’ Histories: Michelle Desveaux

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Michelle DesveauxMichelle Desveaux os is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Saskatchewan studying historical consciousness. She has previously published ““Twenty-First Century Indigenous Historiography: Twenty-Two Books That Need to be Read,” co-authored with Patrick Chassé, Glenn Iceton, Anne Janhunen, and Omeasoo Wāhpāsiw, in the Canadian Journal of History.

 

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of November 5, 2017

World War Two poster featuring a woman in a military uniform, standing in front of a line of airmen. There are four planes flying overhead, three in the distance, and one closer. The poster reads: "She serves that men may fly : Enlist today in the R.C.A.F."

Harris, Ted. “She serves that men may fly: Enlist today in the R.C.A.F.” McGill Library Digital Collections Rare Books and Special Collections. WP2.R28.F5

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The Historical is Personal – Redux: Positionality

Image of a maple tree canopy. Behind is a blue sky, the sun shining through the shadowed leaves.

The maple tree that used to stand outside my parents’ place. Photo by author.

I recently re-read Pamela Sugiman’s wonderful article, “A Million Hearts from Here,” in preparation for a discussion group on WW2. If you haven’t read this piece yet, I highly recommend it. I often find myself rereading texts, whether they are academic articles or novels, and each time I do, I always find something new to think about. This time, I was particularly struck by Sugiman’s personal connection to her research.  As the daughter and granddaughter of Japanese-Canadian internees, she is closely connected to her own research on this subject. And now, as a mother, she is an active “maker of memory” for her daughter.[1] As Sugiman was working on this project, her daughter also wrote a short story about a little girl who was interned. She selected the title, “A Million Hearts from Here,” explaining

“I called it “A Million Hearts from Here” because it is about a million people, well, a lot of people, that were interned. And they all had a heart somewhere. And “from here”? They were a long way away [from home]. And how would you feel if you were away, for about four years?”

Sugiman goes on to explain how her own research was in turn influenced by her grandmother, an internee, who, though she has passed, lives on in the memory of Sugiman’s daughter.

While Sugiman uses this story to set up her argument about “the ways in which our memories of historical injustices travel across generations and are strongly shaped by our most intimate relationships,”[2] to my mind it also speaks to an unspoken truth about much historical research: its personal connection to our own lives. So, in today’s blog post, I am going to share my own personal connection to my research, talk about subjectivity/objectivity and, and the importance of positionality.

 

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of October 29, 2017

A man wearing 1960s clothing stands outside in a snow landscape. He is holding a small bird in each hand. He gazes down at them with a bemused expression.

Mike Eaton standing in the snow with a bird in each hand. Shilly Shally Lodge, Gatineau Park. November 1961. Rosemary Gilliat Eaton / Library and Archives Canada, No. R12438

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The Halloween Special – Witchcraft in Canada

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“What the boys did to the cow.” Postcard. Date unknown. Toronto Reference Library. Arts department. ARTS-PC-117. Public Domain.

Note from Andrea: When I found out that Stephanie is doing her dissertation on the history of witchcraft in early French Canada, I immediately started harassing asking her to do a special blog post about her work for Halloween. Because how super cool is that topic? And, kind person that she is, she has obliged. Enjoy!

I spent the first few years of my life in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia. After moving with my parents to Sydney, I channeled my teenage resentment into learning as much as I could about my real home at the library. This is where I first heard the story of the Cheticamp witches, in an old collection of Cape Breton ghost stories. Around the turn of the twentieth century, two warring camps in the village, the Acadians and the Jerseys, would take turns casting spells upon each other. The Jerseymen had their witch, and the Acadians had their “counter-witch.” When the Jerseys were displeased with someone in the community, they would respond with witchcraft, and the battle would begin. For example, if a fisherman didn’t come in with the expected haul, he might come home to find the family cow had stopped milking. He would call the “good” Acadian witch to solve the problem, and “unbewitch” the cow. There was one particularly amusing story of the Acadian witch getting particularly frustrated and enchanting a number of buckets to chase after the suspected Jersey witch.[1]

I had never heard of any of this growing up, and my grandmother didn’t think it was important. Having grown up in a fishing family, I think my focus on the past worried her a bit. She wanted me to be a woman of the future, with an education and the ability to depend only on myself and nobody else. We did, however, live next door to the run-down Anglican church, which by my time was an extremely spooky place, and my dad has told me stories about using his shotgun to scare off Satanists. But since Satanists are not witches, I’ll move on.

Fast forward several years, and I came across a casual mention of the 1684 witchcraft trial of Jean Campagnard in Beaubassin, Acadie. I nearly jumped out of my chair. If you can imagine me yelling “WHAT!” and spilling my coffee everywhere, that was essentially my reaction. I had no idea that Acadia had ever had a witchcraft trial. None. And a passing mention in a book that I can’t even remember the title of now was not going to be it for me – I needed to read that trial. It turns out that Jean Campagnard was Acadie’s only prosecuted witchcraft case. An expert dyke builder from Aunis, he was accused of causing the death of his employer by blowing a mysterious substance into his eyes. My favourite part of the case is during the confrontation, when one of the witnesses has his testimony read out loud

“The witness states that he saw the accused spread mysterious seeds into the marsh while reciting an incantation and the next fall he had a terrible crop,” and Campagnard replied, “He doesn’t need magic to be a terrible farmer.”

So of course, this led me down the academic rabbit hole, and now here we are.

When most people think about witchcraft in early colonial North America, they immediately think of Salem, Massachusetts. In fact, those trials are so ubiquitous that I don’t even need to explain what I am talking about. But witchcraft and witchcraft trials were also relatively common in another part of early colonial North America: French Canada. However, these two locations had very different experiences with witch trials. So in today’s blog post, I am going to talk about the history of witchcraft and witchcraft trials in colonial French Canada and share some of my favourite stories!

 

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of October 22, 2017

Depicts black cat and broomstick in a large circle , with two carved pumpkins on each side of circle. Greeting: " A Merry Hallowe'en. For Ways that are dark and tricks that are vain. Watch out!" Inscription underneath the black cat is : "Painting only copyrighted by S. Garre 1909."

” A Merry Hallowe’en. For Ways that are dark and tricks that are vain. Watch out!” 1910. Postcard. Toronto Reference Library. Arts department. ARTS-PC-102. Public Domain

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Fight or Flight: Bill 62, Masuma Khan, Nationalism, and History Education

A green glass cup is filled with colouring pencils in a variety of colours encompassing the rainbow. The pencil tips are slightly blunted, and the pencil look well-used.

I have to tell you, I had a really hard time figuring out what to write about this week. Between the current strike by college professors in Ontario, the attacks online against feminist and socially progressive scholars, and the latest insanity happening down south, there are so many current events emerging right now that it seemed impossible to figure out a place to start. But two not completely unrelated events stand out in my mind. The first is the passage of Bill 62 in my home province, and the other is the disciplinary action faced by Masuma Khan, a student at Dalhousie, for speaking out against Canada150 on Facebook. To my mind, these events have something important in common: they are both based around particular narratives of history and identity. So in today’s blog post, I’m going to talk about the events in question, imagined communities, the backfire effect, and why it is important that we teach history responsibly.

 

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of October 15, 2017

A house being floated from Silver Fox Island, Bonavista Bay, to Dover, Newfoundland. A crowd of bystanders watch as it floats off into the distance.

A house being floated from Silver Fox Island, Bonavista Bay, to Dover, Newfoundland. 1961. B. Brooks. National Film Board of Canada. Still Photography Division. Library and Archives Canada, e010975948. CC BY 2.0.

 

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Upcoming Publications in Canadian History – November 2017

Cover image for upcoming publications November

Welcome back to our monthly series, “Upcoming Publications in Canadian History,” where I’ve compiled information on all the upcoming releases for the following month in the field of Canadian history from every Canadian academic press, all in one place. This includes releases in both English and French. To see the releases from October, click here.

***Please note that the cover images and book blurbs are used with permission from the publishers.***

N.B. This list only includes new releases, not rereleases in different formats.

 

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