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History Post-confederation (1867-)

Bucking Conservatism

Alternative Stories of Alberta from the 1960s and 1970s

edited by Leon Crane Bear, Larry Hannant & Karissa Robyn Patton

Athabasca University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2021
Post-Confederation (1867-), General
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With lively, informative contributions by both scholars and activists, Bucking Conservatism highlights the individuals and groups who challenged Alberta’s conservative status quo in the 60s and 70s. Drawing on archival material, newspaper articles, police reports, and interviews, the contributors examine Alberta’s history through the eyes of Indigenous activists protesting discriminatory legislation and unfulfilled treaty obligations, women and lesbian and gay persons standing up to the heteropatriarchy, student activists arguing for a new democracy, and anti-capitalist environmentalists demanding social change.


This book recognizes the lasting influence of Alberta’s noncomformists—those who recognized the need for dissent in a province defined by wealth and right-wing politics—and leaves a set of questions, perhaps sobering ones, for contemporary activists.

About the authors

Leon Crane Bear's profile page

Larry Hannant is a Canadian historian specializing in twentieth-century political dissent. He is the author of The Infernal Machine: Investigating the Loyalty of Canada's Citizens and the editor of The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune's Writing and Art, which won the Robert S. Kenny Prize in Left/Labour Studies. He also researched and co-wrote a feature-length documentary film on the Doukhobors, The Spirit Wrestlers, which was broadcast on History Television in 2002. He currently teaches at Camosun College and the University of Victoria.

Larry Hannant's profile page

Karissa Robyn Patton is a post-doctoral fellow at Vancouver Island University.

Karissa Robyn Patton's profile page

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