The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal
The the Empire Within:
Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal (Studies on the History of Quebec / Etudes D'histoire Du Quebec)
by Sean Mills
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In September 1966, the militant Quebec separatists Pierre Vallières and Charles Gagnon, wanted by Canadian police for a spate of bombings, came out of hiding to issue a statement at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan. Quebecers were, they declared, an oppressed group whose struggles mirrored the decolonization efforts of subjected peoples worldwide. Calling for Quebec independence and the release of political prisoners, they vowed to stage a hunger strike. It was short-lived: New York police arrested the men the next day.
During the years of imprisonment that followed, Vallières wrote furiously, penning what would become the signal radical text of its time in Quebec: The White Niggers of America. Part memoir and part manifesto, the book took its cue from Malcolm X. Vallières argued that French-Canadian
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