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The 1950s

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Stephanie Perez

on 30 November 2012

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By: Crystal, Faizah, Phoebe and Stephanie The 1950s American society in the 1950’s during the Eisenhower era was restless. Americans moved from the Northeast to the South and West, making states like California and Florida popular destinations. They moved from rural areas to cities and from cities to suburbs. By 1960, 1/3 of America’s population lived in what’s known as the “Burbs”. The Post World War II era of the 1950's marked the point in which American families and jobs became the people's focal point.
The growth of the suburbs, the expansion of the middle class, and the development of “pop" culture made the 1950's a "retro" and "golden age" time period of relocation, readjustment, and leisure. What was image of life created during the 1950s? How were white collar jobs affected during this period? END While blue collar workers typically perform manual labor for an hourly wage, white collar workers are typically paid a salary and are almost always college educated or highly skilled in their fields.
During this period, many “blue collar” workers feared they would lose their jobs due to the innovation and increase in use of technology, thus leading to the increase of “white collar” jobs.
This is also a major contributor to the expansion of the suburbs. Events in the 1950s The 50's were the time when the shape of the political landscape in the world could be clearly defined between the Soviet dominated East and the capitalist West.
The cold war became a grim reality because both sides had the power and technology for a Nuclear holocaust, but equally both knew any war could not truly be won.
Following the end of the second world war the economies of the western world boomed which led to the start of a consumer-led economy that seemed to have no bounds . Many people began to own their own homes due to the increase of the middle class. The middle class was able to expand due to the GI bill for former soldiers and the amount of house mortgages began to increase. What led to an increase in home ownership during this period? "Pop" Culture Questions to Consider 1. How did the rise of the suburbs affect American family and race relations?
While the white Americans moved to the suburbs, many other races such as Mexican, African , and Native Americans moved into the city. Thus pushing more white Americans to move to the suburbs. Poverty increased because most the people that moved to the city were semi skilled and unskilled. The government ran out of money to support them.
6. What was the impact of suburban living on American women?
When families moved to suburbia women lost their jobs and became housewives.
7. How did the “baby boom” of the 1950s impact American society?
The baby boom affected the 1950s by increasing consumer consumption thus leading the unemployment rate to become smaller.
8. Give evidence supporting the fact that “the Other America” existed where poverty and urban blight challenged the concept of an “affluent society” in the 1950s?
Minorities were poor because of segregation and prejudice. Minorities moved to the cities for work and to escape, leading the whites to move into Suburbia. Left the cities devastated because minorities were either semi skilled or unskilled and no one wanted to hire them. Government became too poor to help cities. I think thats when welfare was created.
9. What role did television play in supporting the policy of consensus and “Happy Days” in America?
The television provided America with a lot of benefits. People were able to watch political debates, movies, pop culture. Helped JFK win the presidential election. The television provided a new form of entertainment. Prosperity brought appreciation for culture, and during the 1950s Americans were more than willing. They wanted to understand and appreciate art, particularly American art.
Comic books were at times what was considered to be "American" art/culture. The 1950s were known as the Golden Age of Comic Books and the Silver Age of Comic Books.
Fashion in the 1950s was about brightly colored clothes and accessories became fashionable. Typified by nylon fabric, petticoats, fuller skirts (or later, the hourglass silhouette), more feminine styles and often the projection of a "cheerful, happy" persona in advertising and media was also considered fashionable.
Rock 'n' Roll WAS the music of the 50s. It was music about sex, rebellion, and plain hip-shaking good times, introduced by young white musicians showing a distinctly black blues influence. Presley was the undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll. Paragraph Thesis Primary Doc. An Affluent Society was rich in private resources but poor in public ones because of a misplaced priority on increasing production in the private sector. Galbraith argued that industrial production was being devoted to satisfying trivial consumer needs, in part to maintain employment, and that the United States should shift resources to improve schools, the infrastructure, recreational resources, and social services, providing a better quality of life instead of an ever greater quantity of consumer goods. His critique influenced efforts during the 1960s to improve the quality of public institutions and facilities. The term has lost its original ironic meaning and is now used simply to indicate widespread prosperity. What is an "Affluent Society"? The 1950s created the image of housewives, corporate slaves,
backyard barbeques, “cookie-cutter” homes in Suburbia, good old rock 'n' roll, and pop art. Although many did not agree with McCarthy’s views, why did no one stop him earlier? One reason why no one stood up to stop Joseph McCarthy is because he attacked the Democratic Party. Many people abandoned the Democratic Party due to the domestic outcome of the Korean War which were the war debts and the loss of a great number of Americans. Another reason why McCarthyism was not stopped earlier was because the Republican Party believed it had a greater chance of winning the 1952 presidential election. Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected as president during the 1952 election. How did the U.S survive the Cold War? Although the Cold War was not a physical war, the U.S survived by creating new technologies and weapons, becoming the economic leader of the world, and raising the bar in worldwide accomplishments. After the Soviet Union exploded its own atomic bomb, the U.S decided to create the H-bomb which is even more dangerous. The U.S is also home to the first man to set foot on the moon. Even though the United States won the Cold War, many did not like the idea of being in a “contest” with the Soviet Union. It led many to fear the Communists to an abnormal extent. Songs
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