The History Slam returned today after a bit of a layoff. In this episode, I chat with Raymond Blake about his new book Where Once They Stood: Newfoundland’s Rocky Road Towards Confederation, which he wrote with Melvin Baker. After they briefly reminisce about Sean’s time at the University of Regina, they chat about Newfoundland and Labrador rejecting Confederation in 1869, the public reaction, and how the First World War influenced the Dominion’s independence. They then talk about Joey Smallwood and his campaign for Confederation, the economic realities of Newfoundland in the 1940s, and why the narrative of Newfoundlanders being duped into Confederation emerged. You can find the full post here.