Welcome to Resisterville: American Dissidents in British Columbia (BOK)

Kathleen E. Rodgers

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Between 1965 and 1975, thousands of American migrants traded their established lives for a new beginning in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. Some were non-violent resisters who opposed the war in Vietnam. But a larger group was inspired by the ideals of the 1960s counterculture and the New Left and, hoping to flee the restrictive demands of their parents' world and the pressures of city life, they set out to build a peaceful, egalitarian society in the Canadian wilderness.

Once they arrived, they began to build communities according to these ideals -- finding allies in the Quakers and Doukhobors who had taken refuge there years before, and working through confrontations with those in the area who resented the transformative influx of young, idealistic Americans. Even today, their success is evident, as values like equality, sustainability, and creativity still define community life.

This fascinating history draws on interviews and archival records to explore the root causes of this and its role in creating a region that continues to be a hotbed of social and environmental experimentation. Welcome to Resisterville is both an important look at an untold chapter in Canadian history and a compelling story of enduring idealism.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Kathleen E. Rodgers
Turpin DEDS Orphans
ISBN 9780774827331
Antall sider 200 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2cm
Vekt 476 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form History of the Americas, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000