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Module 46

Brave New Families: Domesticity in Early Cold War Canada

Cynthia Comacchio

This module focuses on Canadian families in the early post-Second World War years. The author has provided a brief overview of changes/continuities in family formation and size, with attention to the interrelated factors of postwar prosperity, the beginnings of the welfare state, changes in the status of women, constructions of “the family,” suburban expansion, and, in particular, the Baby Boom. The primary sources, documentary and visual, were chosen to reflect these themes.

Primary sources:

1. Document: “Family Allowances: A Children’s Charter for Canada,” 1945    page 8
2. Document: “Women after the War, 1945”, Renée Morin    page 10
3. Photo: “A Low-Cost Bungalow of Simple But Attractive Design”    page 12
4. Document: Ruby Cress’s Letters from the 1950    page 13
5. Document: Family Life in Crestwood Heights, 1956, John R. Seeley, R. Alexander Sim, Elizabeth W. Loosley page 18

Secondary sources:

1. Centring the Suburb, Focusing on the Family: Calgary’s Anglican and Alliance Churches, 1945–1969, Mary-Ann Shantz    page 20
2. Just Nostalgic Family Men? Off-the-Job Family Time, Providing, and Oral Histories of Fatherhood in Postwar Canada, 1945–1975, Robert Rutherdale    page 31

 

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