Wednesday, November 15, 2017
“The people’s rights we have sustained”
The Nova Scotian Repeal and Annexation Movements (1867–1869)
Mathias Rodorff, PhD Candidate, History Department, LMU Munich and Dalhousie University
In September, 1867 the Dominion of Canada was challenged by the newly elected Nova Scotian government wanting to repeal it and by anti-confederate groups from Yarmouth calling for annexation to the United States. Although these opposition movements failed, they had significant impact that merits re-examination.
Mathias Rodorff will discuss the causes and courses of the Repeal and the Annexation Movements, the controversial role of the Mother Country and the contribution of the press and thus will offer new perspectives on the relationship between Confederation and the people of Nova Scotia.