Stephanie Coontz's essay `What we really miss about the 1950's' is an essay that talks about a poll taken in 1996 by the Knight-Ridder news agency that more Americans preferred 1950's as the best decade for children to grow up. Coontz doesn't believe that it is a decade for people to remember fondly about, except for financial reasons and better communication within families. Coontz doesn't believe in it as the best decade because of the votes, the 50's only won by nine percent, and especially not by African Americans. Examples from family and financial issues in the 50's that makes it better than other decades from 20's to 80's. She doesn't believe that the 50's should be taken `literally' because from 50's there were changes in values that caused racism, sexism discrimination against women. Even though the 50's were good, it didn't lead to a better 60, 70, and 80.
The 1950’s have received a reputation as an age of political, social and cultural conformity. This reputation is rightfully given, as with almost every aspect of life people were encouraged to conform to society. Conforming is not necessarily a negative thing for society, and the aspects of which people were encouraged to conform in the 1950’s have both negative and positive connotations.
In 1848, the American women's rights movement started, during this movement, even though the leaders of the women’s rights advocated for the Reconstruction amendments , such as Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, these amendment did not promote women’s suffrage. In 1869, the writers of the nineteenth amendment, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony worked in the National Woman Suffrage Association while Lucy Stone led the American Woman Suffrage Association’s state-by-state battle for the vote. After that, the two groups united to form the National American Women Suffrage Association. This association aimed to secure voting rights for all American women (American memory, 2010). During World War I, women contributed significantly to the nation's war effort. As a result, many politicians began to realize that women could be an important source of votes, and then the United States Congress supported the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Finally, in 1920, women won the vote throughout the nation (Jone Johnson Lewis, 2008). In simple English, the Nineteenth Amendment states that Constitution cannot deny or abridge the citizens’ voting rights, regardless of the sex.
The 1920’s was a monumental time in American history. It represented the real jump from 18th and 19th century ideology to 20th century ideology. The entire sphere of American beliefs evolved into the mindset that many Americans still possess and laid the groundwork for future ideological advances. Conservation and realist gains were essential in the 18th and 19th centuries. However new technological, social, and economic gains of the 1920’s allowed this to change. The American dream became less of a dream and more of a probability in the 1920’s.
The 1920’s was a decade of great change for America, both economically and culturally. The rise of the consumer culture which propagated from the large scale innovations in both production and availability of products made America into a consumer culture on a scale which none had seen before. For the first time, Americans had access to...
Jazz and prohibition gave spirit to the air in the 1920’s, and people could not get enough. America was diversifying as African-Americans moved towards the north looking for opportunity. However, they were not the only ones. There was a huge increase to the amount of immigrants that were coming out of foreign countries in search of the same work. There was an aura about the 20’s that gave everyone the sense of opportunity, innovation and excelling. It is representative of the American dream, and the promise that one can obtain all of their wildest dreams. The promise of something new captivates the 20’s, whether it is searching for an identity or the creation of something where no one has gone before. The writers of this time encapsulate this ideology perfectly,
Throughout time women have been oppressed by their male counterparts. Many suffragists in the late 1800’s and beyond fought valiantly for the rights women have today. Women including Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns and countless others protested and were jailed for their heroic actions. Women in the 20’s were apprehensive to join politics due to the extensive discrimination, but when the 19th amendment was passed these ‘new women’ became very influential in the American Political sphere.
The 1920’s, or rather known as the roaring twenties, were an exuberant era filled with prohibition, speakeasies, and wild youth. Within this time, the robust economy was booming with stocks increasing rapidly, causing people to get rich quick. During the twenties, life was brilliant with numerous opportunities including changes within politics, women’s rights and racial prejudice.
Imagine living in a world without cars where women still wore those traditional dresses and stayed home all day. Thankfully for the 1920s, that all changed. The 1920s was a period of happiness and transformation. World War I had just ended so people wanted to enjoy life. The economy was booming and people had money to spend. “A person from any social background could, potentially, make a fortune” (The 1). Social changes, new technologies, and a thriving economy that eventually collapsed at the end of the decade are factors that contributed to why the 1920s became known as one of the most unforgettable decades in United States history.
It seems impossible that I have lived through so many decades! I have lived through decades from the thirties to the sixties, and there are many similarities between the two decades. In both decades democrats gained control in the political arena. Both decades were a time of rapid change, socially, economically, politically, and culturally. The population in the United States greatly increased by about fifty-four million people between the thirties and the sixties. Both decades were affected by a war; the 1930’s was greatly affected by WWII, and the sixties was greatly affected by the Viet Nam war. It seems like just yesterday that we began the roller coaster ride of the 1930’s. Why the twenties ended so horribly with the stock market crash, it didn’t seem like the thirties could get any worse, after Black Thursday, but the Great Depression proved that theory wrong.,
The 1920s marked the start of the Jazz Age, also known as the Roaring Twenties, as World War I came to a closure. It was a period of significant economic boom, cultural shifts and social changes. Prominent progress in technology brought about rapid modernization and urbanization after the war. This then resulted in many changes in people’s lifestyles. A bigger part of the population was able to enjoy higher standards of living due to higher affordability. Cultural wise, war affected the way both men and women viewed themselves and hence there was a major shift in mindsets and what was socially deemed acceptable.
The 1950s seemed like a perfect decade. The rise of suburbs outside cities led to an expansion of the middle class, thus allowing more Americans to enjoy the luxuries of life. The rise of these suburbs also allowed the middle class to buy houses with land that used to only be owned by more wealthy inhabitants. Towns like Levittown-one of the first suburbs- were divided in such a way that every house looked the same (“Family Structures”). Any imperfections were looked upon as unfavorable to the community as a whole. Due to these values, people today think of the 1950s as a clean cut and model decade. This is a simplistic perception because underneath the surface, events that took place outside the United States actually had a direct effect on our own country’s history. The rise of Communism in Russia struck fear into the hearts of the American people because it seemed to challenge their supposedly superior way of life.
As World War Two came to a close, a new American culture was developing all across the United States. Families were moving away from crowded cities into spacious suburban towns to help create a better life for them during and after the baby boom of the post-war era. Teenagers were starting to become independent by listing to their own music and not wearing the same style of clothing as their parents. Aside from the progress of society that was made during this time period, many people still did not discuss controversial issues such as divorce and sexual relations between young people. While many historians regard the 1950s as a time of true conservatism at its finest, it could really be considered a time of true progression in the American way of life.