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Rebel Youth
1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada
By (author): Ian Milligan
9780774826884 Paperback, Trade English Professional/Scholarly : Grade (US) from 17 HISTORY / Social History Jan 15, 2015
$32.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0.62 in | 380 gr 252 pages UBC Press
The Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association 2015, Short-listed
An important look at the young workers and New Leftists who formed an essential – but often unacknowledged – part of the youth movement that changed the country in the 1960s.

During the “long sixties,” baby boomers raised on democratic postwar ideals demanded a more egalitarian society for all. While a few became vocal leaders at universities across Canada, nearly 90% of Canada’s young people went straight to work after high school. There, they brought the anti-authoritarian spirit of the youth revolt to the labour movement. While university-based activists combined youth culture with a new brand of radicalism to form the New Left, young workers were defying their aging union leaders in a wave of renewed militancy. In Rebel Youth, Ian Milligan looks at these converging currents, demonstrating convincingly how they were part of the same youth phenomenon.

Ian Milligan is an assistant professor of Canadian and digital history at the University of Waterloo.

By bringing the story of working-class activism into the history of the sixties, Milligan adds a crucially important dimension to the study of the period. A must-read for anyone interested in the 1960s in particular, or Canadian history more generally. - Sean Mills, author of The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal

...Milligan’s study is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the long sixties, which highlights the diversity and complexity of the era that has heretofore escaped popular memories of it. - Kevin Brushett, Royal Military College of Canada, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 29 No. 2, Fall 2016

A highly readable and important work that brings young Canadians who were in the workforce – rather than attending university – into the conversation about what the social and cultural upheavals of the 1960s were all about. - James Pitsula, author of New World Dawning: The Sixties at Regina Campus

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