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|Title:||A March From Selma to Canada: Canada and the Transnational Civil Rights Movement|
|Abstract:||This dissertation examines transnational connectivities centred on anti-discrimination and human rights activism, discourse, and policy spanning the Canada-United States border during the 1950s and 1960s. It focuses specifically on Canadian interactions with the African American civil rights movement, with particular attention to the ways Canadian activists contributed to the American movement, as well as the significance of the American movement to Canadian rights activism and policy. This dissertation contributes to historical understanding of the transnational nature of the American civil rights movement by illustrating how Canadian activists and organizations impacted directly on the American movement through financial and moral support. It also argues the American movement had important implications for Canadian rights activism and policy. Canadian anti-discrimination activists followed American civil rights campaigns, adapting ideas and techniques when relevant to their own efforts. Most significantly, they leveraged examples from south of the border and elsewhere around the world when pressing for change in local contexts. Through their local and global efforts, Canadian activists achieved notable successes in pushing Canadian public policy towards stronger human rights protections. While generating pressure for change, the international framework acted simultaneously as a restraining force on more fundamental transformations in conceptualizations of human rights in Canada. Many Canadians observed the civil rights movement from a sanctimonious perspective, denying that international examples carried applicability for their own country. Whether acting as a pressure for strengthened human rights protections, or a restraining force against the advent of more fundamental measures, this dissertation argues that Canadian human rights activism, discourse, and policy in the 1950s and 1960s can only be fully understood when intersections between local, national, and global contexts are considered.|
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