The 1960s were a victorious decade for francophones in New Brunswick, who witnessed the election of the first Acadian premier and the opening of a French-language university. But in 1968, students took to the streets, demanding further concessions. Belliveau debunks the idea that students were simply heirs to a long line of nationalists seeking more rights for francophones. The student movement emerged in the late 1950s as an expression of the province’s changing youth culture and then evolved as students drew inspiration from the New Left. They shifted allegiance from liberalism to radical communitarianism and ultimately fuelled a new brand of Acadian nationalism in the 1970s.
Introduction: The Acadian Student Movements of the 1960s – A Leftist or Nationalist Force?
1 The Golden Age, or the Acadian National Project at the Crossroads
2 The Birth of an Autonomous Student Sphere in Moncton, 1957–66
3 The Early Liberal-Reformist Student Movement, 1964–67
4 The Birth of the Second Moncton Student Movement, 1968
5 Propagation of Neo-nationalist Ideas, 1968–74
Notes; Works Cited; Index
Peter Farrugia is an associate professor in the History and Social and Environmental Justice programs at Wilfrid Laurier University and a fellow of the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. He is the editor of The River of History: Trans-national and Trans-disciplinary Perspectives on the Immanence of the Past. Evan J. Habkirk is a lecturer in the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Western Ontario and in the History Department at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also the co-editor of The Art of Communication: The Unveiling of the Bell Memorial Revisited.
Contributors: Graham Broad, Cynthia Comacchio, Kyle Falcon, Sarah Glassford, Geoffrey Hayes, Gordon L. Heath, Teresa Iacobelli, Jonathan F. Vance, Lee Windsor