The Department of History and Fine Arts at Cape Breton University in partnership with the James Bryson McLachlan Commemorative Society present the 12th Annual J. B. McLachlan Memorial Lecture on Friday, October 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the Sydney Credit Union Boardroom (CE 265). This year, Professor Peter McInnis, an historian at St. FX, will present Incident at Reesor Siding: Bushworkers and the Historical Memory of Violent Confrontation. The event is open to the university community and the general public.
McInnis is the author of Harnessing Labour Confrontations: Shaping the Postwar Settlement in Canada,1943-1950 and is presently researching labour unrest in the 1960s. He is also a contributor to Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties.
The lecture series is in memory of one of Cape Breton’s finest labour leaders, Jim McLachlan. He arrived in Cape Breton from Scotland in 1902 to work in the expanding coal industry. In 1909, he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of District 26, United Mineworkers of America and was blacklisted. An exceptional organizer and a dedicated radical, he continued his role as a powerful and critical voice in Cape Breton and Canada until he died in 1937.