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Welcome to Resisterville

American Dissidents in British Columbia

Between 1965 and 1975, thousands of American migrants traded their established lives for a new beginning in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. Some were non-violent resisters who opposed the war in Vietnam. But a larger group was inspired by the ideals of the 1960s counterculture and, hoping to flee the restrictive demands of their parents’ world, they set out to build a peaceful, egalitarian society in the Canadian wilderness. Even today, their success is evident, as these impassioned ideals still define community life. Welcome to Resisterville is both a look at an untold chapter in Canadian history and a compelling story of enduring idealism.

200 pages

Table of Contents



1 Welcome to Resisterville

2 Identity and the American Migration

3 Taking Root: Brokering Friends and Allies in the West Kootenay Counterculture, 1965-73

4 Acting Together and Resisting Together: Building a Countercultural Haven, 1968-79

5 “We Were Even Stranger than Other Strangers”: Conflict, Contestation, and Boundary Negotiation in the Formation of the West Kootenay Counterculture, 1968-79

6 The Birth of Environmental Consciousness and the Rise of the Environmental Critique, 1973-91

7 Leadership, Legacy, and Reconciliation

Conclusion: Forging a Long Tradition





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