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In the Spirit of '68

Youth Culture, the New Left, and the Reimagining of Acadia

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.

About the Author

Joel Belliveau is an associate professor of history at Laurentian University. The French-language version of this book, Le "moment 68" et la reinvention de l'Acadie, received the Canadian History of Education Association's Founders Prize and was shortlisted for the Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Käthe Roth has been a literary translator for more than thirty years.

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