...and oh, what a battle it was!
the debate, motion and vote on Newfoundland's entry into Confederation
Text on back of album cover:
Emotions and ideas ran deep and hard during the great struggle for Newfoundland's Confederation with Canada. The first and perhaps most important part of this struggle took place during the National Convention (1946-1948).
This album presents excerpts of some of the most impassioned speeches both for and against Confederation which were heard during the convention. As the voices of the past come alive on this recording the listener will be able to conjure up something of the great vision with which earlier Fathers of Confederation must have been imbued and of the opposition they encountered.
That Newfoundland's struggle for Confederation with Canada, propelled relentlessly by Joseph R. SmaIlwood, took place late enough in History to be tape recorded and reproduced in part here should render this album a collector's item_not to be stored in a dusty cupboard, but to be played again and again by present and future generations.
Former Chief Clerk, Editor of Hansard
and Chief Legislative Librarian of the
Newfoundland House of Assembly.
Maher and Hurley Associates
St. John's, NL
Narration, text, and album cover reproduced by permission of George Baker. Original 1949 Convention tapes reproduced courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, NL.
MP3 audio tracks added March 31, 2009