NFLY and the Candy Bar Kids: Radical Youth, Popular Protest, and the Red Scare in Postwar Canada

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NFLY and the Candy Bar Kids: Radical Youth, Popular Protest, and the Red Scare in Postwar Canada

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In Labour/Le Travail issue 93, Julie Guard, author of Radical Housewives: Price Wars and Food Politics in Mid-twentieth-century Canada, explores the moment in 1947 when thousands of children and youth across Canada took to the streets to protest a three-cent increase in the price of chocolate bars.  In addition to adding the youngsters’ challenge to capital and the state to the history of the popular left, this study of the event contributes to the growing literature on children and youth engaged in political protest, while their creative protest strategies offer a youthful dimension to the study of performance activism.

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