Presenting a detailed focus on the historical experiences of a wide variety of Canadian social movements, this in-depth collection describes the lessons to be learned from past grassroots efforts. Contributors from the fields of history, political science, education, sociology, and women's studies address important questions with a Canadian angle, such as "How effective are social movements as agents of change? How has globalization shaped the way that Canadian social movements operate?" and "Are the democratic values espoused by these groups exhibited in their own internal practices?" The varied perspectives offered cover 80 years of political activism in Canada.