Andrea Hasenbank joins the Daveberta Podcast to discuss radical politics and propaganda in 1930s Alberta, one of Dave Cournoyer’s favourite periods in Alberta politics. From the rise of Communist organizations and publications to the election of William Aberhart‘s Social Credit Party, the 1930s was a wild period in Alberta politics as our province became a testing ground for radical political, social and economic theories.
Andrea Hasenbank holds a PhD in English from the University of Alberta, focusing on the circulation of print and the reading publics that formed the leftist pamphleteering culture of 1930s Canada. Between 2015 and 2019, she worked as a political advisor within the Notley government in Alberta. She teaches courses on media history and the news and consults on learning design. Her new research continues to examine the intersection of print, readers, propaganda, and the state in interwar Canada.
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- In Blunderland (Andrea Hasenbank, June 13, 2021)
- Police swing billy clubs to break up hunger march on Legislature (Edmonton Journal, December 20, 1932)
- Social Credit Board
- What is Social Credit? (Published by the Social Credit Board, 1945)
- Bankers’ Toadies Incident
- 1937 Social Credit Backbenchers’ Revolt
- Accurate News and Information Act
- Before David Suzuki there was the William Aberhart honorary degree scandal at the University of Alberta (Daveberta.ca, April 25, 2018)
- Nothing new under the Prairie Sun: Alberta’s Social Credit Invasion of Saskatchewan (Daveberta.ca, November 1, 2016)
- Once upon a time Alberta had a Provincial Sales Tax (Daveberta.ca, January, 14, 2015)
- The Social Credit Phenomenon (Alvin Finkel, University of Toronto Press, 1989)