Andrea Hasenbank joins us to talk about pamphlet culture radical movements throughout the 1930s, and traces a pretty compelling trajectory from Canadian leftist parties and organizations, through the Second World War and the building of the social welfare state and into our present (more dire) times. She reminds us how hard we have to fight for an equitable and democratic society, and how capitalism and austerity operate to undo and erase that work.
To learn more about Section 98, check out The Canadian Encyclopedia and Canada's Human Rights History.
Andrea discussed different forms of relief distributed during the Great Depression. Read her great blog post about the diet of those relying on relief in Alberta in 1932. Her blog, prolearts, hosts some great writing, research, and recommendations: https://proleartsblog.wordpress.com/
Books we mentioned:
- Thirty Years: 1922-1952: The Story of the Communist Movement in Canada by Tim Buck
- The Magpie by Douglas Durkin (novel set during the Winnipeg General Strike): a new edition will be out in fall of 2018!
- Fox by Margaret Sweatman (novel set during the Winnipeg General Strike)
- Waste Heritage by Irene Baird (novel set in the aftermath of the Vancouver Unemployment Strikes)
- Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson
- Publics and Counterpublics by Michael Warner
The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War by Ian McKay and Jamie Swift
- Hear McKay discuss this book and topic on CBC radio