“Fellow Traveller: A British Columbia Fisherman Writes Home from the Eastern Bloc, 1952.” Labour/Le Travail 63 (Spring 2009): 105-130. Read Here (1.7 MB PDF)
In autumn 1952, fisherman Elgin “Scotty” Neish travelled through Eastern Europe en route to the Asia and Pacific Rim Peace Conference in Beijing, China. A member of the Labor-Progressive Party (LPP), as the Communist Party was then called, Neish penned letters home during his seven week trip for publication in The Fisherman, the newspaper of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union (UFAWU). These letters provide a unique window into the perspective of a radical British Columbia trade unionist at the height of the Cold War and touch on diverse global themes.