Cape Breton’s fight­ing spirit

Roots of is­land’s pug­na­cious na­ture topic of talk at Old Syd­ney So­ci­ety tonight

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT - BY CAPE BRETON POST STAFF

The Old Syd­ney So­ci­ety will host Dr. Ed­ward Micha­lik in a talk tonight that might raise the hack­les of a true Cape Bre­toner.

The meet­ing is sched­uled for 7:30 p.m. at the Lyceum in Syd­ney. Micha­lik’s speech is ti­tled “Rather Fight than Eat: A His­tory of Cape Breton Feisti­ness.”

In his talk, Micha­lik, orig­i­nally from Glace Bay, will search for the roots of Cape Breton pug­nac­ity.

He will make the case that the fierce­ness of is­land cul­ture bears a strong re­sem­blance to hon­our-based so­ci­eties in Ap­palachia and the Mediter­ranean.

Aside from that, he will also un­pack some of the home­grown class con­flicts that sim­mer be­neath the sur­face of a seem­ingly united work­ing­class peo­ple.

Micha­lik holds a doc­tor­ate in In­ter­dis­ci­plinary Stud­ies from the Univer­sity of New Brunswick.

He is de­scended from Pol­ish coal min­ers on his fa­ther’s side and from New­found­land labour­ers and Ir­ish mer­chants on his mother’s side.

His dis­ser­ta­tion is ti­tled “Cape Breton Gothic: A Cul­tural His­tory of the Coal­fields.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

In the above photo, men are shown raid­ing a com­pany coal truck in 1941.

Micha­lik

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