Writing for Maclean’s magazine in 1965, Peter Gzowski saw something different about the new generation of the left. “The radicals of the New Left, the young men and women … differ from their predecessors not only in the degree of their protest but in its kind. They are a new breed.”
Join us for a talk with Peter Graham, whose new book Radical Ambition: The New Left in Toronto (Between the Lines, 2019) sheds light on the New Left in Toronto. From the 1950s to the 1980s, the New Left was a new form of politics that drew in thousands of young radicals and made a huge impact on the city’s political and cultural life. This new breed of radicals placed the ideals of self-determination and community at the core of their politics. As with all leftists, they sought to transcend capitalism, but also emphasized solidarity with national liberation movements challenging imperialism around the world. They took up organizational forms that anticipated in their direct, grassroots, community-based democracy, the liberated world of the future.
Organized by the Toronto Workers’ History Project