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Rebel Youth: 1960s Labor Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada: A Book Review

The author of this book has been more focused in trying to bring the working class activism in the history of the sixties; since, this works to ensure that all people can understand what took place then. Any interested reader is better positioned in knowing what happened in the English Canadian and what steps were taken in making working conditions right. This proves to be a fascinating work that brings out all the sufferings of the young Canadians who were working at the very time under hardship endurance. The author of his book presents the conversation concerning the social and cultural upheals of the 1960’s and what they were about.

The book author has enlisted a lot of Anglicans in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, who are very committed as compared to other denominations in many parts of the globe. The French-speaking Roman Catholic was investigated by Simon Jolivets the same way in the book review of Rebel Youth many investigations were done by Ian Milligan. In the book review of Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, the author focuses more on ethnic as well as religious issues that are facing younger workers, and new leftists in English Canada (Miligan & Olson, 2015). There was a conscription crisis that took place among the Canadian Lutherans; since, most of them were born in Germany. Because most of the people came from Germany, they were bound to face different experiences that could take them time to adapt adequately.  On the other side, the Canadian parishioners who were used to the practices and had no difficulties in getting used to them compared to the Germany descents.  The Canadian churches are discussed in details in this book whereby; the war that broke to include all the denominations with different composition is also discussed in details as well as its struggle to end the labour unrest for young workers. These ethnic groups made a greater difference in the English Canadian as compared to their religious affiliations who were geared towards establishing all the issues that were facing the young workers and new leftists in the country. The author of this book was more focused on providing a relatively comprehensive view of the period when the religious affiliations were taking place in the English Canadian.

The author focuses on breaking new grounds of a neglected field as well as leaving room for others to give views and comments that can be of greater use to the person interested in knowing more about then labour unrest of the Canadian community. He examines only one denomination in the English Canadian per chapter, thus bringing a unique aspect in his book for the reader to grasp all the concepts accordingly. Through reading the aspect of Canadian churches and the First World War one can surely conclude that each of them exist in an individual chapter. Any person reading this book can make clear conclusions about similarities and differences evident from many churches existing in the English Canadian despite there being little inter-denomination evaluation that is provided by the author (Miligan & Olson, 2015). Any reader has the capability of using comparative analysis in comparing different denominations that are explained by the author in his book. In his book, the author provides the first attempt to examine conflict from a comprehensive partial perspective. It is simpler for anyone reading the book to quickly grasp the concept of the long-neglected area of the English Canadian. The author is not narrow-minded because; he has left enough fields for other historians to give their views concerning the English Canadian.

The author commences his book review with a disclaimer even though it is necessary because, many of the people who provided him with much of the historical material about the English Canadian ought to be acknowledged for their good work. This disclaimer given by the author has contributed to making the reviewing process of his book more challenging. These challenges come about as a result where the author has to match evocative events of the 1960s with the generational impact that took place in the 1930s.

The author provided a lot of information in this book since, it was a revised edition that had been supervised by Craig Heron a veteran in early 60’s. As manifested in the banning of the bomb, the author explores all the radicalism of the decade through expanding his focus on the traditional New Left of the English Canadian (Miligan & Olson, 2015). The author also highlights all the civil rights and the anti-war campaigns that were used in advocating for labor unrest to all young workers, and new leftists in English Canada. He explains more of the students and women’s movements that were formed with the aim of pushing for labor revolts to all the youthful working-class militancy in the Canadian community.

The author explains all his work in six chapters whereby; he explores more of youth and radicalism; since, it’s a significant challenge to the community. The author talks on the militancy of young workers that was perceived   bean early contemporary continuing debate that took place in the student union advocating f or peace and action as well. He explains more on the Canadian Union of students that was very aggressive in attaining their rights in workplaces. The working class was not left behind by the author; since, it was compared with the potential revolutionary groups and student radicalism of universities like; Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto (Miligan & Olson, 2015). In the chapters where the author has talked about the 1960’s working class militancy, all their works are highlighted together with the role of youths working towards commencing a practical plan. According to the author, this helpful plan is simply out regenerated and transform the movement of the Canadian labor that existed in the 1960’s and made it more pleasant and favorable to all workers. The plan will help ensure that all workers get proper treatment in their workplaces and enjoy many privileges that they could never enjoy there before. There are many events that the author uses to increase our understanding concerning the rise of the New Left in various locales using some accounts of events that took place in Toronto. To strengthen our confidence in his collection of facts and ideas, the author uses different evidence drawn from newspapers and archival resources that have trusted information. Some seventy interviews that were conducted earlier in 2009, which the author uses to gather more information presented in his book review. The author does not speak anything about the interview processes, and there are no discussions were given concerning the selection process of the subjects provided. The author does not quite elaborate on the nature of the questions that were asked in the interview; rather he just incorporates some discussions of the interview in his review.

The lack of this information proves to be very unfortunate; since, this is work that is more dependent on history. It could have been better if the author gave the information in his book review to enhance his job (Miligan & Olson, 2015). Any reader who is reading a historical work ought not to be left curious about wanting to know something rather he should read the book and be satisfied at the very end. Reading this piece of work, the reader is left intrigued on the privilege’s that were not put on the account over the others and for what reason that had to take place. Young workers are seen to have played a significant role in the turmoil of the 1960’s according to the explanations that are given by the author. These statements on younger workers are more important because; they are more persuasive and help in correcting the focus on all the university-based radicalism that is taking place. The discussions that the author gives concerning the students who wanted to form associations with the labor and various working groups after leaving campus are not convincing as they ought to be. He uses weak arguments with no enough evidence of how the attempts occurred; hence, he finds it hard to convince the reader if at all this took place as he argues. The efforts that the students attempted ought to have been weak as well, and they might not have yielded the desired results. The communities that had organized efforts towards the Young Canadians did not have the capability that could give them the results they needed in their working premises. Many outreach programs were conducted as well and proved to be useful in changing the labor unrest experienced by the young workers and new leftists in English Canada (Miligan & Olson, 2015).

The author of his book failed to capture the passion of the decade rather he confused the exhilarating ambiance of all decades where there were conflicts of different thoughts. The author talked about the intellectual quality of the disputes that existed between the young workers and various oppressed groups with the aim of making revolutions in the capitalist world. He highlighted that the changes did not take place in a more polite way, but he explained that there were more disputes on impassionate advocates from various schools of through who wanted to get a lasting solution to the issues of workers. The conflicts that took place on alluded occasion have a missing virulence in this book review. There were various arguments inclusive of the post-super arguments, which tackled the new decision that aimed at abandoning the issues of workers. According to the author, there were many discussions on gender and women liberations that were really on the rise. The perennial debates on the Leninist party formations were also on the rise and worked together to liberate the English Canadian young workers during the 1960’s (Miligan & Olson, 2015). The author failed to include the forces of the old and the new one, which included the orthodox Communist emerges Euro-communist for the reader to acknowledg the origin of the New left the reader. However, the author pays more attention to the influence of figures that were presented by the Communist Party of Canada; since, most labor leaders have had high power there. He gives examples of plentiful and the great influence that was evident from the Trotskyists when then the anti-war movement was on the rise. The author explained about Jack Scott, who had a progressive movement that controlled all the emerging Canadian Labour Party to save the working class militancy. The author has given many examples that can be associated with the 1960’s work movements and can currently be involved in the activist groups that are categorized to be residuals towards emerging Leninist formations. He also talks about the International Socialists as well as the Revolutionary Marxist Group that were based on various successful decisions.  There was then the communist party that had been formed by then workers, and they used it to fight for their rights in their working places. Many visits were done to various locales in the1960’s ad they aimed at refreshing east, west and the center of their goal of success. The decision of excluding the Quebec scene while keeping off the little whistles seem to be a more understandable and reasonable deal that worked out for all the workers (Miligan & Olson, 2015). The author also explains that the Canadian New Left tour made solid contributions towards the fight of attaining the labors rest for young workers and new leftists in English Canada. The author gives views that the Canadian tour should not in any way interfere with then plans that are set aside for working in this decade because; they demand an increasing historiographical debate.

In his first chapter, the author talks about the challenges of the rebellious youths who were ready to fight and gain their working rights in various busy places. In his second chapter, he talks about the challenges that are endured by young workers who actually suffered and were also punched in even after walking out of the massive labor unrest of the youths in English Canada. In chapter three, he talks more about the New Leftists Debate Social Change and explains more about what is meant by the saying ‘Say Goodbye to the Working Class.’ He describes what happens to the working class group of youth and how they struggle to form union that can help them to stop the wrangles of the 1960’s. In his fourth chapter, the author talks more about leaving campus by students who want to go and secure working positions and fight for the rights of young workers in the English Canada. He focuses his approach towards the outward-looking New left in Ontario as well as in British Columbia and parts of Saskatchewan in Canada. These are some of the places where most of the workers were highly oppressed and left to fight the struggle on their own. The youths were very rebellious at this time, and they wanted them as labourers, to be treated with fairness and equality. In his fifth chapter, the author talks more on the cold and slogging solidarity that is taking place in the whole region. The author also talks about the support that has to be given to the labourers on picket lines in Ontario and Nova Scotia, which took place between 1968 and 1972 for success of all young worker


Work Cited

Miligan, Ian., & Olson, Shelley. Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada. University of British Columbia Press. 2015