BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA, 1933-1936
By Kyle Randolph
|Harvey Murphy addresses a May Day|
gathering at a picnic ground west of Natal, BC, 1930s
This thesis will challenge both arguments, demonstrating that a series of social, economic, and political experiences resulted in the election of known Communists being socially permissible by 1933. It will be demonstrated that the agenda of council was not strictly Communist, rather it represented a balance between radical and populist programs, thus enabling council to challenge capitalist society while providing a practical response to the local effects of the Depression. The deterioration of this balance by 1936, coupled with a series of scandals, was resultant in the council's electoral downfall.
Read Kyle's Thesis HERE.
Also read The Cold War and Working Class Politics in the Coal Mining Communities of the Crowsnest Pass, 1945-1958 and Doctorate student explores communist roots of the Pass.