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Module 29

The Sixties: A Youth Revolution or A Few Angry Baby Boomers?

Marcel Martel

The sixties was a period rich in ideological turmoil, political events and social and cultural changes. Looking back at this time period, can it be said that baby boomers triggered a revolution that changed society forever? Or was society confronted by a few angry individuals who were successful in speaking on behalf of their generation? Specialists are still debating the causes, meaning and legacy of the sixties, and this module illustrates these debates.

Primary sources:

  1. Text: Jerry Farber’s manifesto ‘The Student as Nigger’, Senate Debates (1968)
  2. Text: Alderman Harry Rankin. ‘What Makes a Hippie?’ The Georgia Straight (September 8, 1967)
  3. Text: ‘Turn on, Tune In, Take Over!!!,’ The Georgia Straight (September 8, 1967)
  4. Cartoon: ‘RCMP and Hippies’, The RCMP Quarterly (1972)
  5. Cartoon: ‘Hippies’, Saturday Night (1969)

Secondary sources:

  1. Stuart Henderson. ‘Toronto’s Hippie Disease: End Days in the Yorkville Scene, August 1968’, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 2006
  2. Bruce Douville. ‘“And We’ve Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden”: The Jesus People Movement in Toronto’, Historical Papers 2006: Canadian Society of Church History

Introduction

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