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Transcript of Decades:1950's
Men wore gray flannel suits and women wore dresses with tight waists and high heeled shoes.
Gender roles were greatly stressed, girls would play with barbies, and boys played with their figures or dolls, never mixing.
Some examples of success in fashion:
Pony tails Living in
the 1950s The 1950s were very much about marriage, children, and family.
Family emphasized togetherness.
Men and woman would marry early, at ages averaging between 19-22.
There was a 10% divorce rate. Divorce was considered socially unacceptable. Leisure Time & Entertainment In the 1950s, slaves had just got their freedom, but black people were still segregated. Segregation The Cold War During this time, the television was invented, and it shaped the lives of millions.
Before this time, TVs had been expensive and just a toy for the rich.
By the end of the 1950's, 90% of americans had a television.
One example of a TV show from this time was I Love Lucy. Korean War Between 1946-1964 about 30 million children born in The U.S.A.
More then 4 million children per year during the mid-1950's
This influenced things from rock 'n' roll, diaper sales and cars. These distinctions were called Jim crow laws. They created a "separate but equal" status for americans. After the WWII, the economy grew rapidly which lasted through the 1950s
More businesses were made and production increases
People were buying not only necessary items, but luxury items as well The Economy Anti-Communism "Baby Boom" USA and the Soviet Union were competing against each other to see who could have the best weapons.
The newest invention was the hydrogen bomb, which was more powerful than the atomic bomb.
During this time, students participated in bomb drills at school designed to protect themselves.
Many families had bomb shelters built in their yards to have reliable protection.
USA edged ahead of the Soviets in the military side of the Cold War by the end of the 50s. segregation is when races are separated Civil Rights Movement After WWII the United States and the Soviet Union divided North and South Korea.
In the US, the Korean war was seen as a fight to stop the spread of communism.
The war started as North Korea began to invade South Korea in 1950.
After the US entered the war to fight North Korea, Communist China entered the war by the request of North Korea. Because segregation was everywhere and mostly in the south, blacks started to protest. These protests became known all over America and eventually became the civil rights movement. Blacks now started to move into what was called "white" neighborhoods and order foods at white restaurants. Fashion Slang Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' roll dominated the music
industry in 1955
Came from soul rhythm and blues
It started with African-American musicians including Chuck Berry and Fats Domino and continued with white musicians such as Bill Haley, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis
The music was loved by teenagers
Teen hairstyles, fashion, and fun were influenced by rock 'n' roll but so was rebelliousness kebis.edu.glogster.com -Americans continued to leave cities to move into the suburbs which offered a clean and safe environment
-the suburban population nearly doubled during the 1950's
-Families living in suburbs enjoyed shopping at neighborhood malls and
grocery stores Most mothers were "stay at home moms" Families in the 1950s Suburbs http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/kowar/kowar.htm The war ended in 1953 with North and South Korea both devastated.
President Truman's goal of stopping the spread of communism was achieved, but at the cost of more than 37,000 Americans. Some people were found to be spies that provided Russia with secret information.
People knew that thousands of Russian spies must live among them. http://labragirlpictures.wordpress.com/tag/communism/ Women started entering the workforce more to help pay for a higher standard of living http://www.historyteacher.net/AHAP/Weblinks/AHAP_Weblinks26.htm Presidency Looking Back Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower were the two presidents during this time period. Eisenhower was in office for the majority of the decade.
Republican was elected president for the first time in a quarter century.
25% of American citizens lived in poverty, but this was overshadowed by the prosperity most of the nation was in.
Eisenhower created the Interstate Highway System, which provided a way to evacuate efficiently in case of a Soviet bomb or missile threat.
Not a single U.S. soldier was killed in combat during Eisenhower's presidency. The 1950s was one of the most notable decades in America's history. It will always be remembered for its prosperity, upbeat atmosphere, and the advances that took place. http://www.imageof.net/bulkupload/wall1/Abstract/Atomic%20Bomb%20Explosion.jpeg Americans were fearful because two of the the world's largest countries, Russia and China, were under communism.
The US was concerned that communism would spread throughout the world. http://hellogiggles.com/i-love-lucy-happy-100th-birthday-lucille-ball http://www.shmoop.com/1950s/teaching.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gallery/2009/mar/06/1 Slang was used mostly by teens in the 1950s.
They would invent new words for many things including hiding affairs.
Some of the 1950s slang is still around today. Some examples of slang are:
Ball: A really good time (we had a ball!)
Beef cake: muscular, well built man. http://learner-centeredhistory.wikispaces.com/Week+13 http://lunchboxdreamtonyabbottbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/images-of-segregation-signs-for.html http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/dwightdeisenhower http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/harrystruman http://www.earthlyissues.com/rock.htm http://www.baltimoretimeline.com/timeline.htm 50s Koolaid Commercial http://youtu.be/TppRjknOryk