CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 23 . . . . February 17, 2012
Shipton introduces readers to this tumultuous decade with a timeline and brief surveys of significant disasters, entertainment, trends, world events, political issues, literature, science and technology, sports, the economy, fashion, immigration, music and the arts, society, and Canada/U.S. Relations. Each topic receives one or two double-paged spreads filled with short articles, numerous period photos, charts, and lists. The spread on “Trends,” for example, includes mention of the rise of youth culture, the decline in church attendance, Canada’s 1967 centennial celebration, and resurgence in attention paid to Aboriginal culture and traditions.
While the coverage is Canada-centric wherever possible, U.S. events and figures (including the Kennedy assassination, U.S. civil rights demonstrations, landing on the moon, the Vietnam War, and Woodstock) appear frequently as well. Overall, the coverage is solid, although the inclusion of three activities (in reality, paper and pencil tests) may well leave readers feeling instructed. Appended with a glossary, bibliography, web links, and index, 1960s will be welcomed by browsers and useful in history classes.
Kay Weisman is a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature candidate at the University of British Columbia.
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