Covering "L'Affaire Richard" in Eastern Canada Research Paper by sinkopayshun

Covering "L'Affaire Richard" in Eastern Canada
Uses hockey as a lens to discuss tensions between Anglophones and Francophones in Eastern Canada, particularly through media coverage of the 1955 "Richard Riot".
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This paper describes in detail the events that followed the suspension of the Canadians' Francophone superstar Maurice Richard for the rest of the season and the Stanley Cup playoffs, on Saint Patrick's Day 1955, when all hell broke loose. In particular, the paper extensively reviews and contrasts the reports and commentaries of popular media outlets in eastern Canada, who offered strongly-differing opinions in their answers to what happened in the days leading up to, and including, that fateful and violent evening. The paper underscores that the foremost causal issue was that of nationalism and ethnicity because, in the 1950s and even to some degree today, French Canada and English Canada were two different worlds in terms of language, culture and politics. Extensive use of quotations, a cartoon and footnotes are included. Some French language is used in the paper.

Table of Contents:
The Anglophone/Francophone Divide in Canada
The Symbolism of Maurice Richard before 1955
Maurice Richard vs. Clarence Campbell
"Truly Disgusting"
"L'affaire Richard"
At Season's End

From the Paper:

"Campbell returned to Edmonton and began his career as an attorney, but soon after, World War II broke out. He served in the Canadian Armoured Corps in Europe from 1942 to 1946, eventually attaining the rank of major; given his astounding law resume, Campbell was moved to the War Crimes unit after the cessation of major hostilities. Now a lieutenant colonel, Campbell served as a prosecuting attorney at the famous Nuremberg trials. In the figure of Clarence Campbell, then, English Canadians saw a war hero, a patriot, and a brilliant thinker who could be counted on to render judgments fairly. French Canadians, on the other hand, considered only the privilege and the system that had allowed Campbell to rise so high, presumably on the backs of the French Canadian working class.
"To some degree, then, Maurice Richard's superiority on the ice--and the fact that his "natural" antagonist, Clarence Campbell, was sitting in the top chair in the NHL front office--made Richard's entry into the discussion of Canadian society almost inevitable, no matter how unwanted that type of attention was for him. Finally, a French Canadian man was dominating one very important facet of Canadian cultural life."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Le Devoir. March 19, 1955, and March 21, 1955.
  • Le Front Ouvrier. April 19, 1947.
  • The Globe and Mail. March 17-18, 1955.
  • The Hockey News. March 26, 1955.
  • La Patrie. March 18, 1955.

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