Canada In The 1950’s – Building The Future

Three words describe the 1950’s in Canada: BOOM, GROWTH and PROGRESS. For ten years the phenomenal growth rate surged and its effects were felt into the 21st century. The average Canadian living wage skyrocketed and the labour market tightened. It was an age building with mega-projects like the St. Lawrence Seaway and Trans-Continental Pipeline. It was also a time of war as Canada joined its allies in Korea. Politics were dominated by Louis St. Laurent, Lester Pearson, John Diefenbaker and Maurice Duplessis. It was the decade of the cold war, bomb shelters, bomarc missiles, Suez Crisis and the Avro Arrow. It was also the decade of Sputnik; Khruschev and Castro. The 1950's also saw the onset of television, the formation of the CBC, stars like Wayne and Shuster, Don Messer and Elvis Presley and Rock and Roll. Through it all the spectre of Nuclear War was constantly present. Journey with us as we bring to life this fast paced decade. Includes commentaries by History Professors Ben Forster and Sid Noel of the University Of Western Ontario as they reflect on the events of the 1950’s and the changes the decade brought for Canadians. This excellent series is in two parts. The program is divided into segments which can assist an instructor in presenting different aspects of the 1950's. Below is a listing of the subjects within each part.

Grades 7 through to Adult. English language only. ©2005, 50 minutes


Playing Time: 22 minutes

  • Review Of 1940’s
  • Korean War
  • Hydrogen Bomb
  • Cold War
  • Bomb Shelters
  • Fear Of Nuclear War
  • AVRO Arrow
  • Bomarc Missile
  • Suez Canal Crisis
  • Lester Pearson
  • Ambassador Herbert Norman
  • Concern Over U.S. Investment
  • Sputnik
  • Khrushchev
  • Fidel Castro


Playing Time: 28 minutes

  • Women’s Changing Role
  • Music, Television, Movies
  • Baby Boom, Economic Growth
  • Immigration
  • Queen Elizabeth II Coronation
  • Labour & Union Movement
  • Trans-Canada Highway Project
  • St. Lawrence Seaway Project
  • Trans-Continental Pipeline Project
  • Quebec & Maurice Duplessis
  • Federal Politics
  • Louis St. Laurent
  • John Diefenbaker
  • Lester Pearson

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Educational Video - Canada In The 1950's

Playing time: Pt 1 - 22 mins; Pt2 - 28 mins
Copyright: 2005
Grade Level: 7 through Adult
Age Level: 12 through Adult

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