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"They are a scum community who have organized:" The Georgia Straight, freedom of expression, and Tom Campbell’s war on the counterculture, 1967 – 1972

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dc.contributor.author Sherman, Jake Noah
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-15T23:55:41Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-15T23:55:41Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-01-15
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/10514
dc.description.abstract The 1960s have a special place in the cultural memory of the West Coast of Canada. They have informed its regional identity, the cityscape of Vancouver, and the social infrastructure of the modern state. But lost in the mythos that has surrounded Vancouver’s long sixties is the story of the Georgia Straight. Founded by a group of poets in 1967 to combat a campaign launched by the municipal government to discriminate against the counterculture, it is today, in 2018, the most prosecuted newspaper in Canadian history. Between 1967 and 1972, the municipal and provincial government deliberately took advantage of the legal justice system to censor an outlet for dissent, with the end goal of inhibiting it from publishing. This thesis challenges popular conceptions of the 1960s in British Columbia’s popular memory by demonstrating the extent to which the state deliberately censored freedom of expression by attempting to silence an outlet for dissent, and highlights how the municipal and provincial government infringed on the civil liberties of Vancouver’s counterculture community, in one instance in August 1971, threatening it with outright violence. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject 1960s en_US
dc.subject Sixties en_US
dc.subject Vancouver en_US
dc.subject Hippies en_US
dc.subject Georgia Straight en_US
dc.subject Underground Press en_US
dc.subject Alternative Media en_US
dc.subject Counterculture en_US
dc.subject New Left en_US
dc.subject New Media en_US
dc.title "They are a scum community who have organized:" The Georgia Straight, freedom of expression, and Tom Campbell’s war on the counterculture, 1967 – 1972 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Colby, Jason M.
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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