Column: History in Context

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: History in Context

Snippet: When I was a kid in the 1970s, my parents and siblings piled into the family vehicle and drove away without a single thought to seatbelts. I assume the cars and trucks my father owned had them. My parents, however, didn’t grow up with seatbelts, so wearing them wasn’t a habit. Actually, when my parents were born in the 1920s, few people in the Maritimes even had vehicles.

Back in the 70s, there were fewer vehicles on the road. Traffic was slower and people knew how to drive with care. Many roads in rural areas were dirt, and there wasn’t much need for more than two lanes in the cities.

If someone was to judge my parents because they didn’t make their kids wear seatbelts, then it would be obvious that person didn’t understand the conditions and the mindset of the time. And they would be doubly horrified to learn my brothers and I travelled in the back of the pickup for long drives to visit grandparents. Don’t worry; the truck had a cap.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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