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The 1950s - Decade Project
Transcript of The 1950s - Decade Project
by Andy Marcum, Julia Galullo, Aleigh Wise, & Jacob Truelove
On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists staged an attempted assassination of Harry S. Truman, the president. The leader of the team was Griselio Torresola. He had firearm experience, and Oscar Collazo was his partner. They made their attack at the Blair House, where the president and his family were staying. Torresola was mortally wounded.
Some Inventions from the 1950s
Some inventions were the first microchip / integrated circuit, the first stored program computer, the first mass-produced computer modems, optical fiber, and the first credit card. Others include the Mr. Potato Head, the hula hoop, the Barbie doll, the bar code, the Pacemaker, and the first diet soft drink.
How These Inventions Made Life Easier
Jacob says, "They made life easier, like how people play and fix things."
What Venues Were Used for Entertainment
The television show "I Love Lucy" was the top rated show of the decade. The show "The Mickey Mouse Club" was watched by kids everywhere. In July 1955, the Disneyland Amusement Park opened its gates with 18 attractions, including the Jungle Cruise, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and the Mark Twain.
Popular Activites Used for Entertainment
Some popular activites were watching television, rollerskating, and going to drive-in movies. Teenagers also had drag races with their cars.
Popular Musicians / Movie Stars
Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Beach Boys, and Marilyn Monroe were all popular music stars in the 1950s.
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Grace Kelly, and Doris Day were all popular movie stars.
What the American Diet was Like
Denny's, Dunkin' Donuts, and Church's Fried Chicken all opened in the 1950s, and were all popular restaurants.
What the 1950s Economy was Like
The economy in the 1950s was strong. In 1954, there were a reported 154 millionaires living in the U.S.
The average unemployment rate for 1950-1959 was 4.48% of all Americans, but the rates for each year are as follows: 1950 – 5.45; 1951 – 3.2%; 1952 – 3.0%; 1953 – 2.5%; 1954 – 5.6%; 1955 – 4.2%; 1956 – 4.3%; 1957 – 4.3%; 1958 – 7.3%; 1959 – 5.0%.
The Unemployment Rate
Apparently, America had a 91% tax rate during the 1950s decade.
The Tax Rate in the 1950s
Introduction to Music
The type of music they had in the 1950s ranged from classic rock to oldies to blues. Examples of some artists are Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Pattie Page, and Nat King Cole.
Elvis Presley & Marilyn Monroe
Elvis Presley sang songs like "Jailhouse Rock", "Hound Dog", "All Shook Up", and "Blue Suede Shoes". Marilyn Monroe sang songs like "Through With Love", "Do it Again", and "Anyone Can See I Love You".
Pattie Page & Nat King Cole
Pattie Page sang "The Tenessee Waltz", "Red Sails in the Sunset", "With You on My Mind", and "Promise Me Thomas". Nat King Cole sang "Answer Me", "All For You", "Let There Be Love", and "Impossible".
Popular hairstyles - the 1950s was a decade known for experimentation with new styles and culture. Following World War 2 and the austerity years of the post-war period, the 1950s was a time of comparitive prosperity, which influenced fashion and the concept of glamour.
Hairstylists invented new hairstyles for wealthy patrons. Influential hairstylists of the period include Sydney Alexandre of Paris and Raymond Bessone, who took French hair fashion to Hollywood, New York, and London. In doing this, they popularized the artichoke cut, the pixie cut, and bouffant hairstyles.
1950s Food & Cooking
Some things that people cooked in the 1950s include hamburgers, pizza, sardines, shrimp, and bacon-wrap-around. For desserts, they enjoyed banana splits, pie, and cheesecake.
1950s Famous People
Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Elvis Presley were all famous people in the 1950s. Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor were both actresses, while Elvis Presley was a singer. Marilyn Monroe starred in movies such as "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" from 1953. She was once married to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.
Elizabeth Taylor's films include "A Place in the Sun" (1951), "Giant" (1956), and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958). She also won oscars for the films "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" and "Butterfield 8". Elizabeth Taylor was married and divorced 7 times. Elvis Presley was and is a well-known singer, known for his songs, "Hound Dog", "All Shook Up", "Jailhouse Rock", and "Blue Suede Shoes".
Images Related to the 1950s
Cheesecake was a popular dessert in the 1950s.
Elvis Presley was a well-known singer in the 1950s. Some of his songs include "Jailhouse Rock", and "Blue Suede Shoes".
Denny's, Dunkin' Donuts, and Church's Fried Chicken all opened in the 1950s.