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Redefining Canada: A Developing Identity, 1960-1984

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The 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s were a tumultuous time in Canada, especially in the province of Quebec. Quebec's "Quiet Revolution," a series of reforms carried out at breathtaking speed, gave the Quebec people a new sense of identity. As a province largely populated by French speakers in a country largely populated by English speakers, Quebec faced unique challenges. As Quebec developed its own identity, Canada as a whole also gained a new sense of itself. The Canadian flag, ...
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Overview

The 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s were a tumultuous time in Canada, especially in the province of Quebec. Quebec's "Quiet Revolution," a series of reforms carried out at breathtaking speed, gave the Quebec people a new sense of identity. As a province largely populated by French speakers in a country largely populated by English speakers, Quebec faced unique challenges. As Quebec developed its own identity, Canada as a whole also gained a new sense of itself. The Canadian flag, adopted in 1965, was symbolic of this developing image.

In this book, you will read about the high and low points Canadians experienced in the 1960s through the early 1980s: Expo 67, the triumphant World's Fair some Canadians regarded as "the best thing Canada had ever done"; the FLQ crisis of October 1970, when a terrorist group who believed Quebec should leave the rest of Canada held many in fear for their lives; environmental groups' and government agencies' struggles to balance efficiency and ecology; and in 1982, Canada's final ownership of its constitution after prolonged and often heated political debates.

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Editorial Reviews

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This ten-volume series sets out to explain what has shaped Canada, describing its historical, geographical, and political development as a nation, as well as what sets it apart from the United States. Redefining Canada walks the reader chronologically through different events that have shaped Canada's identity as a country during the 1960-1984 period. The book focuses on the development of the Quebecois identity, which is unique and distinct from English Canada. It also discusses Canada's activism regarding environmental concerns and recounts Pierre Trudeau's fight to amend the Canadian Constitution. It is merely an introduction to all of these complex issues. Nine out of the ten series books were written by the same author, keeping the tone and format consistent throughout the series. The writing is simple and clear, and photographs, illustrations, and fact boxes break up the text nicely. Each book is organized into short chapters that are easy to digest, and includes a time line and guides for Web sites. Among the other titles in the series are Conflicts, Changes, and Confederation, 1770-1867, Before Canada: First Nations and First Contacts, Prehistory-1523, The Settlement of New France and Acadia, 1524-1701, Britain's Canada 1613-1770, and From the Atlantic to the Pacific: Canadian Expansion 1867-1909. These attractive books will be excellent resources for homework projects for young teens or Americans wanting to learn about the history and culture of their neighbors to the north. (How Canada Became Canada). VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; MiddleSchool, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Mason Crest, 88p.; Index. Illus. Photos. Further reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 15.
—Julie Roberts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422200087
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: How Canada Became Canada Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 87
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
1 The Beginning of Change 9
2 A Celebration of Unity 21
3 Crisis in Quebec 35
4 Environmental Concerns 49
5 Canada's New Constitution 65
Time Line 78
Further Reading 82
For More Information 83
Index 84
Picture Credits 86
Biographies 87
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