Memories are Made of this: What it was Like to Grow Up in the Fifties

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James Lorimer & Company, 1975 - History - 118 pages
"Burdened with the guilt of having to initiate this dirty thing called sex, and having it on their minds all the time, the boys, in their role of sexual predator, dressed like crooks: greasy bogie cuts, zoot-suit pants and pointy black shoes.... They looked evil, because sex was evil, and evil was sexy."

Melinda McCracken's account of growing up in Winnipeg in the 1950s is a vivid portrait of this paradoxical period of licence and repression. She recounts the joys and frustrations of being a teenager in the wake of World War Two: the role of parents, of church, of school, and of peers in shaping a distinctive teenage culture. She presents this culture in remarkable detail, remembering the minutest social rituals, the peculiarities of fashion and style, the norms of social life and the baroque rules surrounding sexuality at this time.

Memories are made of this offers a vital glimpse into the fascinating youth culture of 1950s Canada.
 

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Contents

Introduction
2
Speed Skating
55
Twenty Years Later
102
Copyright

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About the author (1975)

MELINDA McCRACKEN is a Winnipeg journalist and author whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Macleans, Chatelaine and other Canadian magazines.

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