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The 1950s Woman

- It is hard to believe that women only 60 years ago were still viewed and inferior to males and had little to no rights to protect themselves. When men returned from World War II some men resulted to domestically violate as a way of punishing his wife for something she did and to affirm dominance that he previously lost. Assaults that were inflicted on to women during the 1950s were seen being a part of male aggression and something that is normal. Women who did report the crime were viewed as being the actually perpetrators and the assault was actually their fault because they were unable to defend themselves....   [tags: The 1950s Woman]

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The Era Of The 1950s

- The era of the 1950s was an iconic era in American history. The American dream of freedom, self empowerment, and success was growing. After world war 1, the ideals of american culture changed. The country saw the aftermath of the war in the countries of western Europe where communism was beginning to take hold, and the U.S tried to be the opposite. Marriage was propagated to be the opposite of the war torn families across the world, where women were working in factories and children fending for themselves with no home....   [tags: Marriage, Family, Wife, Husband]

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The American Culture of the 1950s

- 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....   [tags: U.S. History ]

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Life During the 1950s in America

- 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....   [tags: communism, russia, middle class]

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The Music of the 1950s: Elvis Presley

- The music of the 1950s showed an incredible mixing of the cultures represented in the United States. The music of the 1950’s was led and created by a number of people like B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Little Richard. The “50’s music” was influenced greatly by the African American culture of the South. Blues and Jazz played a tremendous role in bringing out new music genres during that time. One of those was the big rock craze. Elvis Presley was one of the biggest recording artists of that time period (PBS 1)....   [tags: little richard, blues, jazz]

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The Appearance of Rock and Roll in the 1950s

- Since the appearance of Rock and Roll in the 1950s, people have developed an aversion against it; not just what it represents, but also the way it sounds — fast, chaotic and “dangerous”. Rock and Roll in the 1950s represented an uncontrolled group of teenagers whose attitude became more private, secretive, and defensive and at times disrespectful. These changes in the teenager’s behavior were a part of an intense sociological shift that society suffered from after World War II. A time, in which many distinguished factors, one being Rock and Roll, collaborated to create a generation gap in American families that continues to prevail until today....   [tags: world war II, sounds, chaotic, dangerous]

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Life in the 1950s in America

- The 1950s was a transition from conservatism and restraint and formality of the 1940s, to a freer, looser, more informal style. Throughout the decade it became much more acceptable for males to dress “for show” and both sexes became much more fashion conscious. Teenagers in this decade ruled the fashion industry. Before, the young people would follow the older people’s trends. The reason why the teen fashion industry sprouted was because their newly-affluent parents had a pocket full of money to give them, much of which was spent on the latest trends....   [tags: informal style, unbuttoned shirts]

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Cultural Trends Of 1950s : 70s

- US Cultural Trends (50s - 60s) Cultural Trends of 1950s 1950s viewed as era of prosperity, conformity, and consensus Growth of suburbs - large groups of blacks migrated to the bigger cities “White flight” - rich and middle-class families left the cities to live in the suburbs to escape the crimes taking place Family Roles - women helped outside of their sphere during WWII, but after the war ended, women returned to their natural place at home and men were supposed to go out and work Mass Market - American families taking the form of the “nuclear family” - living in Levittown housing (all similar build and structure homes) with 2 parents, 2 children and 1 pet Television - allowed young and...   [tags: World War II, Cold War, Nuclear weapon]

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The Teenager Emerges: Canada in the 1950s

- Teenage life in Canada during the 1950’s is hard to understand unless having lived there. With this new demographic, many things had to be created in order to satisfy this demographic, such as clothing, music, rules, and schools. Unique aspects of teenage life in this era include a lot of rules, the movie theatre, rock n roll and the way they communicated to each other. Issues teenagers faces include marginalization, condemnation and disapproval. The new demographic helped Canada as it made the “children” demographic smaller, and it gave the teenagers more freedom, independence and they finally felt as they could have their own “stuff” as they would call their music, their clothes, their f...   [tags: Demographics, Teenagers, Music]

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Life of Black Revolutionists in 1950s

- Life of Black Revolutionist the 1950s Introduction Race and racial identity has always been the heart of American history. In the United States, these forces were very strong especially for African-Americans who were emerging from a long time of slavery and oppression. This led to the rise of Civil Rights Movement which mostly composed of the black revolutionists and a few white supporters. This essay focuses on the life of an African-American in the 50s, how they were involved in the movement and the success that the movement achieved....   [tags: Civil Rights]

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Paralysis Epidemic of the 1950s: Poliomyelitis

- Poliomyelitis was declared an epidemic in the early 1950s in the United States. It caused primarily children and young adults to develop paralysis, led to social stigma around being crippled. To this day there is still no cure for this disease, poliomyelitis can only be prevented with vaccination. Poliomyelitis is a virus that infects the nerves of the spinal cord, and brain which leads to paralysis and or death (Piddock, 2004). Poliomyelitis is best known today as Polio, and Infantile Paralysis....   [tags: children, young adults, virus, nerves]

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Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s

- ... Ferguson was settled, and Homer A. Plessy did not win his case. The constitutionality of state laws that required racial segregation in public facilities, remained under the doctrine of ‘separate but equal.’ The Supreme Court continued to uphold the principles of the Jim Crow laws. The conducts of ‘separate but equal’ went on for almost sixty more years, until a case conveyed to the Supreme Court in 1952, known as Brown v. Board of Education, argued that “separate school systems for blacks and whites was inherently unequal, and that this violated the ‘equal protection clause’ of the Fourteenth Amendment.” This case would bring a new insight to the idea of wanting to “reverse Plessy v...   [tags: segregation, goal, protest, laws]

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British Critical Orthodoxy Of The 1950s

- dour British critical orthodoxy of the 1950s evokes an image of a thousand technical college liberal studies classes resentfully being force-fed aesthetics when they would rather have been out jiving, groping, eating candy floss, and enthusiastically embracing all the other iconographic flotsam of the age. In other areas, such as sociology (where the social work case-study became the social scientist’s substitute for the working-class novel) writers similarly talked of cultural deprivation and compensatory education for the poor....   [tags: Advertising, Public broadcasting, Broadcasting]

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Changes During The Booming 1950s

- The Booming 1950s After World War II, changes occurred throughout the world and people experienced life differently. Parts of the world struggled to rebuild from the devastation of the war, while people in North America saw the economy boom and live improve. The increased demand for military goods resulted in enhanced manufacturing. In Canada, with the troops returning and getting married, causing a baby boom, there was increased large-scale production of a variety of products, which helped to boost its economy....   [tags: industrialism, consumerism, optimism]

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Family Relationships During The 1950s

- Family relationships in general are affected by historical events in an obvious way. Gender roles were not in dispute leading up to the 1960s, for wives and husbands were coworkers in the family activity. Children were welcomed as coworkers, and as a source of security in illness and old age. Family relationship changed in the 1920s due to people leaving the farms to work in urban centers. The Industrial Revolution is the reason (cause) the “Joint family” (Encyclopedia) unit broke down when workers moved to cities for jobs....   [tags: Family, World War II]

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Automobiles in the 1950s

- Automobiles in the 1950s Another element that was present in the 1950’s was automobiles. Automobiles were something that everyone once dreamed of owning. Now after the war. they could finally own one. Automobiles of the 1940’s were dull and very plain. This was because designers were too busy designing tanks, planes, etc... for the ongoing war. The major event that took place that changed the way cars looked and how they performed happened on October 14, 1947. This was when Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier....   [tags: essays papers]

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1950s Popular Culture

- The 1950s in America was a time that was peaceful; five years after winning World War II, America established themselves as a power country. Society was optimistic; soldiers were coming back from war to start their new jobs, families getting new homes and the baby boom is about to begin. American industries expanded and people began to get products that were not available to them during the war. Televisions were coming up in family households and becoming a main staple in America. Coca- Cola was in the golden age of their product....   [tags: peaceful, World War II, America]

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The 1950s Housewife: The Rise of the Modern Supermom

- ... 36). Attractiveness was the most important quality a woman could have when being successful. As soon as something made her less attractive, like age or pregnancy, they got fired. Women also entered the workforce to help support their families. Men sometimes needed to help with paying for their children's college funds and pay off house bills. Coster (2011) observed that one out of three women worked outside of the home. Usually women who worked were over thirty-five years old and had older children....   [tags: children, husband, unequal pay]

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Encapsulating the 1950s Teenager in The Catcher in the Rye

- Encapsulating the 1950s Teenager in The Catcher in the Rye Critically acclaimed film director Tim Burton states: “One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” Our lives are ruled by social hierarchy with the rich at the top and the poor at the bottom. To a rich person who has lived a comfortable life, their idea of craziness would be living on the streets, begging for food and money to stay alive. Yet this idea of craziness is indeed people’s realities although in the fifties, thanks to it being prosperous times, people’s lives were a bit better than living on the streets....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Social Analysis]

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The 1950s : A Time Of Peace And Increasing Wealth

- The 1950s were a time of peace and increasing wealth. Following World War II, Americans wanted a perfect, quiet, middle-class life living in the suburbs. Due to the Cold War and fear of communism, Americans were concerned that if they stood out, they might be labeled as a communist, so instead, they followed the norm. Media prospects life in the 1950s as fearless and peaceful, but in reality, the fifties were more complicated than they illustrated on television and spoke about on the radio. America started changing more in 1950s culturally, socially, politically, and economically....   [tags: World War II, Korean War, Cold War]

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Racial Integration in College Football in the 1950s

- In the 1950s, America was viewed as one the strongest nations in the World. America established itself as a strong military super power and dominate country in World War II. The effects of World War II carried over in the 1950s, America saw a lot of economic growth, there was an increase in the amount of people who moved to the suburbs, and the baby boom which came about because of the millions of soldiers returning home from military services. Even though this seemed like a happy time, there was still a thick tension in America....   [tags: Social Reform, Civil Rights Movement]

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What We Missed About the 1950s

- A family has always been expected to be a loving and caring environment with support and communication, but this sometimes does not come naturally to soon to be parents. Some get caught up specifically in bad things, perhaps their upbringings are to blame or maybe the individual could take all of the responsibility. When a society chooses what is to be socially acceptable, that limits relatives to only one kind of family and the object becomes destroying all other kinds. The 1950s was a time when technology wasn’t a big distraction from loved ones....   [tags: technology, distraction, parenting, children]

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Roles Of Men And Women During The 1950s

- Throughout the play I felt that the male characters had more of the negative qualities and the female characters had more of the positive qualities. One major reason for this is because men during the 1950s were viewed as stern and the man of the house. This preconceived gender role associated with men automatically required them to come off as negative at times, where the women were more positive. The reason Hansberry had the women represent more positive qualities was due to what responsibilities women had during this era....   [tags: African American, Black people, White American]

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The Lack of Women's role in society in the 1950s

- Due to the idealization of domesticity in media, there was a significantly stagnant period of time for women’s rights between 1945 and 1959. Women took over the roles for men in the workplace who were fighting abroad during the early 1940s, and a strong, feminist movement rose in the 1960s. However, in between these time periods, there was a time in which women returned to the home, focusing their attention to taking care of the children and waiting on their husband’s every need. This was perpetuated due to the increasing popularity of media’s involvement in the lives of housewives, such as the increasing sales of televisions and the increase in the number of sexist toys....   [tags: Domesticity, Media, Women's Rights, History]

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The Use of Drugs by 1950s Artists

- A movement arose among the artists of 1950s America as a reaction to the time's prevailing conformity and affluence whose members attempted to extract all they could from life, often in a strikingly self-destructive way. Specifically, the Beat writers and jazz musicians of the era found escape from society in drugs and fast living. But what exactly led so many to this dangerous path. Why did they choose drugs and speed to implement their rebellion. A preliminary look at the contradictions that prevailed in 1950s American society may give some insight into these artists' world....   [tags: Illegal Drugs Speed Narcotics]

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Television Today Versus the 1950s

- How many people today watch family sitcoms to imitate or compare values with their own. Probably not as many as there were in the 1950s. In Stephanie Coontz's "What We Really Miss about the 1950s", she discusses why people feel more nostalgic towards growing up in the 1950s, and how she disagrees that 1950s wasn't the decade that we really should like or remember best. Apart from economic stability, family values played an important part then. Through television sitcoms, such as "Leave it to Beaver", "Father knows Best", families watched them to make sure they were living correctly....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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The Political Climate of the 1950s

- The Political Climate of the 1950s With the dropping of the Atomic bomb that ended WWII and the beginning of the Cold War, there was an irony of stability and turmoil in the United States. The start of the 1950s brought about many changes, from the Red Scare and threat of the possible spread of communism in America, to changes in political movements, civil rights movements, and another possible war, there were many significant events and people during this time.      Joseph R. McCarthy was a Republican Senator from Wisconsin with an enormous political agenda....   [tags: History Historical Politics USA Essays]

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How Gender Portrayals Changed and Remained in the Same in the 1950s

- How Gender Portrayals Changed and Remained in Place in the 1950s Gender Portrayals. The 1950s. Change. You might wonder what these words mean, today, here, you will learn about gender portrayals in the 1950s. Gender portrayals are how a gender, such as the only two, Male and Female, are portrayed in media and social life. Now, in the 1950s bread was .14 cents, bomb shelter plans were sold, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president and people were afraid of communists invading america and making us into communists (American Cultural History)....   [tags: family, media, television]

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Fear of Polio in the 1950s

- Fear of Polio in the 1950s Paralytic poliomyelitis, "polio", held a reign of terror over this nation for decades. But unless you were born before 1955, polio may seem to be just another ephemeral disease that has been nonexistent for years. Those born before 1955 remember having a great fear of this horrible disease which crippled thousands of once active, healthy children. This disease had no cure and no identified causes, which made it all the more terrifying. People did everything that they had done in the past to prevent the spread of disease, such as quarantining areas, but these tactics never seemed to work....   [tags: Disease Illness]

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Political Climate Of The 1950s

- The political, social, and economic landscape of the United States of America underwent dramatic changes during the 1950s. During this era, figures and events such as the likes of: Sen. McCarthy and his crusade to "root out" communism in America, President Eisenhower's administration and his theory of dynamic conservatism, the government's belief of looking out for big business, and the Civil Rights movement helped to usher in a new ideas, attitudes, and beliefs. The focus of America's obsession with containing the spread of communism during the 1950s was in a large part fueled by Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy....   [tags: American History Politics Political Science]

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Charles Mingus in the 1950s

- Charles Mingus in the 1950s Charles Mingus is one of the most original and influential jazz composers of the twentieth century. He created the second-largest volume of jazz work after Duke Ellington (McDonough 20), and is the first African-American composer to have his work acquired by the Library of Congress (Harrington B1). Mingus is known for his unusual style of composing and playing, which attempted to reconcile jazz improvisation with orchestration, in order for the final composition to conform most closely to his vision....   [tags: Biography Bio Jazz]

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Women Of The 1950s : An Ideal Model For What Family

- The 1950s was a time when American life seemed to be in an ideal model for what family should be. People were portrayed as being happy and content with their lives by the meadia. Women and children were seen as being kind and courteous to the other members of society while when the day ended they were all there to support the man of the house. All of this was just a mirage for what was happening under the surface in the minds of everyone during that time as seen through the women, children, and men of this time struggled to fit into the mold that society had made for them....   [tags: Woman, Women's suffrage, Paisley Park Records]

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Theme Of Gender Roles During The 1950s ' Fences '

- The Theme of Gender Roles in the 1950s in Fences The theme is gender roles in the 1950s in Fences by August Wilson. Gender roles are social and cultural standards that determine how males and female should think, speak, dress, and interact in the society. To know if a play is accurate or not we need to look up its historical context or background, research the author in order to know if he or she is speaking from experience, and analyze a character to show how well we understand what went on in the play....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Woman, August Wilson]

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Teenage Dating in the 1950s

- Teenage Dating in the 1950s Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties. When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind. Images like these are so classic, they, for a number of people, are "as American as apple pie." They are produced and perpetuated by the media, through films like Grease and Pleasantville and television shows like Happy Days, The Donna Reed Show, and Leave It to Beaver....   [tags: Relationships]

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The Role Of President 's Role During The 1950s And The 1960s

- within a community among the educational arena. That role continued into the 1950s and the 1960s (Darden, 2009). In addition, the president’s role changed again during the 1970s and 1980s. Presidents were faced with the “outside world” interactions, for example, presidents had initiated fundraising, and interacting with local, stated, and federal government. As a consequence, presidents became more concern with the networking aspect between the institution and society, than with the internal affairs – academia programs – which was delegated to the provost – or its financial activities, which was the responsibility of the chief financial officer (Darden, 2009)....   [tags: Higher education, College, Community college]

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Seven Countries Study in the 1950s by Ancel Keys

- Since Ancel Keys introduced the Seven Countries Study in the 1950s, the Mediterranean diet has been considered a model of healthy eating pattern for its contribution to a favourable health status and a better quality of life.1,2 Several studies in different populations have indicated that the main components of Mediterranean diet have a beneficial role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and chronic degenerative diseases.2,3 High olive oil (not necessarily extra-virgin olive oil) intakes are considered a trademark of the traditional Mediterranean diet, along with a high consumption of monounsaturated fat, plant proteins, wholegrain, and fish; a moderate intake of wine; and a low int...   [tags: mediterranean diet, eating patterns]

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Women During The 1950s ' And 60 's Women

- During the 1950s’ and 60’s women were seen as different role-players in society than today, although some men still disagree. Men of this era were given a special place way superior than their wives and other women. They virtually didn’t have to cook meals, clean their house, go shopping for the groceries, or take care of little Jimmy during the day. No, their place was in the workforce being the supplier. Bringing home the bacon. The Populuxe era played a major part in shaping this mold through the material objects that came about, as well as multiple advertisements and the changing environment itself....   [tags: Wife, Woman, Gender, Husband]

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Doctor Foster 's Life After The 1950s

- Important Information The first section is written in second person and is meant to inform the reader about Doctor Foster’s life after the 1950s. Doctor Foster is now retired from his practice in medicine and spends his time now “at the blackjack tables” (Wilkerson, 2010, p. 471) or giving medical advice to his friends and former patients over the phone. Doctor Foster suffers from heart problems and has already had bypass surgery (Wilkerson, 2010, p. 471). However, Doctor Foster is accepting of his condition....   [tags: O. J. Simpson murder case, Nicole Brown Simpson]

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Rebel Poets of 1950s

- Rebel Poets of 1950s "America demands a poetry that is bold, modern and all-surrounding and kosmical, as she is herself." Although Walt Whitman wrote that prescription shortly after the Civil War, it also vividly describes the generation of American poets who came of age after World War II. Particularly during moments of cultural change, poets have joined artists on the front lines of expanding consciousness by forging a vernacular language that gives expression to contemporary life. One such shift in poetry occurred at the time of World War I, and another major shift took place during the decade after the Second World War....   [tags: Papers]

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1950s Story

- The wilsons are what you would call a typical 1950s american family. They consist of the father and husband Frank, housewife linda, oldest child Tommy age 17, Cheryl age 16, Mikey age 10, and Suzie age 8. Thay are a white middle class family that lives in the suburb autside little rock, Arkansas. The neighborhood was modled after Levittown, a famous sururb community outside of New York. Right now it's monday morning and the wilsons are starting off their week. "Breakfast is ready", yells linda....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis Of George Jackson 's ' The Great Gatsby '

- such as her isolation and unhappiness with her ‘husband.’ Jackson shows the flawed and even defected relationship between husband and wife in the 1950s through the portrayal of Margaret and her new husband. Life continues like this, and Margaret does not seem concerned about the new John or the whereabouts of actual husband, until one day when Margaret is alone at home with her children and suddenly decides that she can no longer bear “another afternoon of widowhood” (Stranger 64). Rather, she decides to spend the day shopping, buying presents for her family....   [tags: Short story, Marriage, 1950s]

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Commentary on the Film Good Night, and Good Luck

- Good Night, and Good Luck is a forty-three time award winner out of seventy one nominations. ( ) This movie is shown on a black and white film, which complements the feel of a 1950s setting. Communism was a huge controversy during the ‘50s where many people became so afraid of the topic that they would lash out whenever it was brought up. Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) is the big shot broadcaster, he is the host of two hit CBS shows on television. Edward is the first newsman to put controversial information on television....   [tags: Movie, Communism, 1950s]

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A Comparison of Social Trends of the 1950s and 1990s

- We Americans have a fondness of looking back to certain times with bouts of nostalgia, clutching closely the burred images of better off and more secure conditions. We seek to revive those past years, hoping to cure all of our current societal ills. Why cannot we bring them back. The economy was good, and the family was happy, we say. We see 1950s in the United States as the golden era for the American people, and likewise, the late 1990s was considered as a prosperous time....   [tags: Compare Contrast Essays]

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Nuclear Testing 1950s

- The Race for Arms The idea of a weapon that could produce global annihilation was born during the Second World War; with this information in tow, the United States and the Soviet Union entered into the nuclear arms race, developing the first atomic bombs. In order to perfect these weapons of mass destruction, both countries needed to test their products to look for flaws in the general blue prints of the weapons. Seeing the success with the atomic bomb, the United States started developing a more destructive bomb, the hydrogen bomb, believed to be 1000 times stronger than the atomic bomb....   [tags: American History]

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Television Quiz Show Scandals of the 1950s

- An Examination of Television Quiz Show Scandals of the 1950s One of the greatest captivators of public interest in the 1950s was the emerging quiz game show on television. The public, naively trustful, fell in love with television game shows. People found them to be new, exciting, and similar to the captivating radio quiz shows so popular before television's advent. Some game shows were developed primarily for laughs, while others were played for prizes or large sums of money. These game shows were so popular that at their peak, twenty-two of them were concurrently on the air....   [tags: TV Game Shows]

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The Role and Status of Women in the 1940s and 1950s

- The Role and Status of Women in the 1940s and 1950s After the First World War women had gained a huge step towards having equality with men. In 1918 married women over the age of 30 were given the right to vote. During the war women had proved themselves as capable as men, not only as nurses near the front lines working in very dangerous positions but also back in Britain working to help the war effort in jobs that before the war they could never have even had a chance of getting....   [tags: Papers]

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Chuck Berry and Teenage Culture in the 1950s

- Chuck Berry and Teenage Culture in the 1950s Teenagers were a new species at the beginning of the 1950's. Before then, adolescents in America had traditionally gone to work to support their family or to start their own family as soon as they were old enough. However, the years of post-war prosperity and the expansion of suburbia provided teenagers (who were too young to remember the scarcities of the Depression and the war effort) with plenty of leisure time. At the same time, advances in technology made vinyl 45's cheap and easily accessible to both artists and listeners....   [tags: Biography Bio Musician]

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1. In what ways did the 1950s suggest tumultuous times ahead?

- The 1950s in America was a time that brought about simplicity and perfection amongst the American society. The “all-American Dream” with the flawless family, which was emphasized by the constraints, and expectations that were demanded by the American Republican era of Eisenhower, would pave way for manifesting changes of the 1960s. Through the emphasis of media and societal expectations and political and wartime upheaval, Americans would fit the cookie cutter mold that would breed the fighters and lovers of the 1960s....   [tags: American History]

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Questioning Television’s Resident Mother Figure: Who Was June Cleaver?

- Questioning Television’s Resident Mother Figure: Who Was June Cleaver. Picture this: It’s 1957, and America is on the verge of a psychedelic revolution. Television is in its beginning stages, and America is dealing with nuclear tensions regarding rough relations with the Soviet Union. Society is changing, as are the views pertaining to what the “perfect” American family should be. Throughout this turmoil, familial stability is more important than it ever has been, and everyone is looking for a guide to follow in order to form his or her own version of “the perfect American family”....   [tags: Leave it to Beaver, 1950s, gender roles]

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Women During The 1950s And Early 1950s

- During the late 1930s and early 1940s women roles were changing with the war happening. Women were kept at home doing housework, taking care of the children and husbands. When the First World War came, society started seeing women come out and work. By the end of the war women were put back into their homes and back again doing housework. Once the Second World War came along women went back to work to help out their solider husbands. Most women liked the changes and some did not. This change also sparked many arguments whether women should be allowed to work....   [tags: World War II, World War I, Clothing]

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Good Night and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney

- The 1950s are said to have been some of the most prosperous times in American history. It is completely reasonable if one looks at our current economic state, the “50s” was a more lucrative time for Americans however our safety was not as secure. “The Red Scare,” a time that everyone knows as a time when a war with Russia was likely and security measures were as serious, if not more, than today’s antiterrorist initiatives. Through Good Night and Good Luck audiences are able to view today’s issues through past events, and the music involved in the film plays a prevalent part in how the story is told....   [tags: 1950s, US History, Film Analysis]

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The World In The 1950s

- The Yalta Conference was attended by the three leaders, Premier Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States of America. As decided by the three leaders, Germany was to be split into four parts, with the last occupation zone being put under French control. In addition, Germany had to pay reparations to the Soviet Union “to compensate for 20 million Russian deaths” (Yalta, World). The conference concluded that Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, and parts of Czechoslovakia would be independent and hold free elections....   [tags: World History, The Yalta Conference]

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The Depression Of The 1950s

- In the 1930s through the 1960s this time was known to the blacks as “The Depression”. Not only because of the big financial crisis, but because they were not able to get jobs because jobs were given to whites and then they were given to blacks so all of the good jobs whites got, and if there was a great number of whites without jobs, blacks would get fired and more whites would get hired. Even though this was a very hard time for blacks, it was also a time where we started soaring in the areas of sports, education, visual artistry and music....   [tags: Black people, African American, Langston Hughes]

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The Legacy Of The 1950s

- THE 1940s I was born… In those days the health and gender of a baby weren 't known until actual birth. I arrived the morning of Saturday, November 21, 1942, and, when I was revealed as a male, my mother cried. She was really hoping for a girl as she already had a son. The obstetrician, a Dr. Hornstein, comforted her by telling her that a healthy baby boy was good too. Decades later she assured me that a baby boy worked out just great. Whew. [Inserted: ,][Inserted: ere][Deleted:as] My first ride was a taxi drive from the hospital, French 's Polyclinic Hospital in Midtown Manhattan, to 178 Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, my childhood home....   [tags: House, Apartment, Train, Family]

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The Disadvantages Black Americans Faced in the Early 1950s

- The Disadvantages Black Americans Faced in the Early 1950s Throughout the years 1920-1973, and especially during the 1950s, black people faced many injustices in America. They faced social, economical, physical and political disadvantages and were also at a disadvantage because generally, whites were in power. These disadvantages will be discussed in the following paragraphs. Because whites were in power, black people faced a major injustice. The policemen, jurors and judges tended to be white....   [tags: Papers]

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The Growth of Opposition to Apartheid During the 1950s in South Africa

- The Growth of Opposition to Apartheid During the 1950s in South Africa Opposition to Apartheid started to grow in the 1950s and 1960s because of a number of people standing up and making their voices heard. This included people such as Albert Lutuli, Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela. All done their part in making people go against Apartheid. Albert Lutuli was a teacher from Zimbabwe. In 1945 he joined the ANC in 1945 and 7 years later in 1952 he was elected the president of the ANC....   [tags: Free Apartheid Essays]

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I Stand Here Ironing: The 1950s Woman

- What do Betty from "Pleasantville," June from "Leave it to Beaver," and Donna Reed from "The Donna Reed Show" all have in common. They all represent the image of the perfect housewife in the 1950s. They represent women who gladly cooked, cleaned, dressed in pearls and wore high heals while waiting for their all-knowing husbands to come home. They represent women who can only find fulfillment in male domination and nurturing maternal love. Tillie Olsen, as a single mother with four children (204), provides readers with another view of women....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Desegregation of Schools as a Major Problem in the USA in the 1950s

- The Desegregation of Schools as a Major Problem in the USA in the 1950s Segregation was always one of the layers of "the economically rising" America. It was the despicable separation of black and white people. This way of life really contradicted the "all men are created equal with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", commitment which is contained in the US declaration of Independence. However in the 1950s, segregation stepped over its boundaries with the Brown Vs Board of Education case....   [tags: Papers]

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Country Music from the 1940s Through the 1950s

- Country Music from the 1940s Through the 1950s Changes in the Recording Industry -In the 1930s there were basically three types of radio stations: the large networks, the network afilliates,and the idependent stations. -Agroup called the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was in control of the song copyrights. -At the end of the National Broadcasters Company’s contract, ASCAP wanted it renewed at the price of 9 million dollars. -NAB ofcourse said no way and developed their own network called Broadcasters Music Inc....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Influence of American Culture in the 1950s and 1960s in Canada

- Canada as a nation has been striving to characterize itself as more ?Canadian. for decades. This has included numerous struggles and events such as protests, bans, and the creation of the Massey Commission, to encourage national development in the arts, and support major companies like the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and National Film Board (NFB). However, this has not been an easy task for the Canadian government, as major influences from below the border (the United States) have been captivating the Canadian audiences by large....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Desegregation of Schools as a Major Problem in the USA in the 1950s

- The Desegregation of Schools as a Major Problem in the USA in the 1950s Desegregation was introduced as a solution to solving the problem of racial segregation. In order to clearly understand what this involves we need to define what racial segregation is. As the word segregation implies racial segregation therefore, it is discrimination on the basis of race shown through separation from each other, usually in the area of the providing services. However we are going to focus on the area of education in schools....   [tags: Papers]

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Why the USA Become Involved in Vietnamin the 1950s and 1960s

- Why the USA Become Involved in Vietnamin the 1950s and 1960s In the 19th century France owned a huge part of South East Asia. This area was known as Indo- China. During the Second World War, Japanese troops occupied this area. Local people did not want to be ruled by foreigners so they organised resistance groups. One of them was the Viet Minh. It was mainly a communist group, led by Ho Chi Minh. Japan surrendered on August 15th 1945. Soon after that Ho Chi Minh announced that Vietnam was an independent republic....   [tags: Papers]

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How The Twilight Zone Reflected American Society in the 1950s

- How The Twilight Zone Reflected American Society in the 1950s Imagine, if you will, a time that seemed innocent... almost too innocent. Imagine a nation under whose seemingly conformist and conservative surface dramatic social changes were brewing, changes as obvious as integration and as subtle as fast food. And imagine, if you will, a radical television show that scrutinized, criticized, and most importantly, publicized these changes, making the social turmoil of a nation apparent to its post-world war, self-contented middle-class citizens....   [tags: Television]

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Social Criticism in the Hollywood Melodramas of the Fifties

- Social Criticism in the Hollywood Melodramas of the Fifties In the early 1950s the films of Douglas Sirk led the way in defining the emerging genre of the Hollywood melodrama. "Melodrama" strictly means the combination of music (melos) and drama, but the term is used to refer to the "popular romances that depicted a virtuous individual (usually a woman) or couple (usually lovers) victimized by repressive and inequitable social circumstances" (Schatz 222). Sirk's films were commercially successful and boosted the careers of stars like Lauren Bacall, Jane Wyman, and Rock Hudson, who was in seven of Sirk's thirteen American films (Halliday 162-171)....   [tags: 1950s Film Movies]

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The World War II Economic Boom

- During the 1950’s the United States saw a post World War II economic boom. At the same time American’s saw a shift in culture due to teenagers breaking away from the same beliefs and social norms as their parents. By doing this teenagers created their own subculture, which meant different behaviors and specifically buying behaviors. Thus the emergence of a new teenage subculture in the 1950’s benefitted the economic boom. Markets such as clothing, fast food, makeup and music became increasingly appealing to teenagers through the decade as they came to sell products specifically for teens....   [tags: Adolescence, Young adult, World War II, 1950s]

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Why did Consumption and Leisure Patterns of the 1950s and 1960s Earn This Era the Epithet of the Affluent Society?

- To an extent Britain’s post-war years could be described as affluent. Consumption patterns in the mid twentieth century included the emergence of new household goods as well as the popular dominance of the motor car. Amongst modernisation the term of ‘teenager’ emerged as one of Britain’s main consumers. Leisure patterns embraced the contemporary appliances such as the dominance of television, the choice of cinema showings as well as the effect of Americanisation. Consumerism fever invaded all sectors of society as more and more people had better paid jobs and more free time....   [tags: British History ]

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The Gender Of The 1950s By Kate Chopin

- Kate Chopin successfully challenged the stigma of the female gender in the culture of the 1940s, by daring to allow her main character, Mrs. Louise Mallard, to admit the thoughts she had immediately after the supposed death of her husband. These thoughts, which would be socially accepted in the current culture, were clearly ones that a good woman and loving wife would not have dared to express. From the beginning of the story Mrs. Mallard is portrayed as a woman who does not deny emotions as seen in this quote: “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance....   [tags: Thought, Mind, Woman, Gender]

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Hidden Female Subordination in the 1950s

- 1. Introduction The colloquial expression `Behind every great man stays a great woman. ´ would probably visualise well the American consensus of the Fifties: the ´happy´ gender hegemony. The only occupation the suburban white woman was proud of seemed to be her pivotal role in the family as housewife and mother. Though, in her book “The Feminine Mystique” (Friedan) the American writer Betty Friedan, describes the underlying melancholy by many female college graduates she surveyed. In her in-depth interviews she focussed mainly on their education, their private life experiences over the succeeding years after college and the satisfaction with their current lives....   [tags: Feminism in the Fifties]

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Stephanie Coontz's What We Really Miss about the 1950s

- Part 1: Summary 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....   [tags: I Love Lucy]

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Investigating How Power in the UK’s Social Democratic State Shifted in the 1950s

- Investigating How Power in the UK’s Social Democratic State Shifted in the 1950s With the beginning of life it was obvious that mankind was initiating on remarkable journeys towards freedom and independence. Such journeys were translated through revolutions, parties, theories and sometime wars, in which individuals recruited to achieve their goals. The socialist world evident a rapid expansion and changes that has cultivated through years. Although the word today is not presented in consequence of any of these , but the world still remember those old days and their affects on the world today’s in addition to applying some of their theories , believers or ways ....   [tags: Papers]

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The Changing Image of Women Position in Chinese Film Since 1950s

- The Changing Image of Women Position in Chinese Film Since 1950s Since 1950s, after the Chairman Mao Zedong’s Yanán conference, art and literature had strictly become tools of promoting the ideology of Communist Party, that is, the product of art and literature in China can be classified as highly popanganda. Chairman Mao Zedong and his Communist Party strongly suggested the equality of both genders - male and female. To promote Mao’s theory, certain kind of strong female character's image had been created in films since 1950s, and furthermore, the images of these female characters were changing during the time period....   [tags: essays papers]

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A view from the bridge is set in New York City in the 1950s.

- A view from the bridge is set in New York City in the 1950s. Arthur Miller was born October 17th 1915 in New York City. His parents were both immigrants in the United States and were originally from Sicily. Arthur’s father had a successful business but it collapsed, along with the American economy as a whole, Following the Wall Street crash, as a result, Arthur had to work as a warehouseman in order to save his fees before he was able to go to Michigan University in 1934 to study Economics and History....   [tags: English Literature]

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Computers In The 1950s

- Computers in the 1950’s People have been in awe of computers since they were first invented. At first scientist said that computers would only be for government usage only. “Then when the scientists saw the potential computers had, scientist then predicted that by 1990 computers may one day invade the home of just about ever citizen in the world” (“History” Internet), the scientists were slightly wrong, because by 1990 computers were just beginning to catch on. Then a few years later when scientists when to major corporations to get help with a special project, the corporations said no, because computers would just be a fad and they wouldn’t make much money off of it....   [tags: essays research papers]

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sports in the 1950s

- Sports in the 1950's Whether it's Mark McGwire breaking the home run record, Terell Davis breaking the rushing record, or superstars retiring, Americans have always had a fascination with sports. Sports have provided entertainment even before radio or television. Sports provided many things for the fans that watched them. Sports allowed communities to grow stronger and provided great athletes to look up to. With the arrival of television sports took on a whole new meaning. Being able to watch a game together gave the community a new way to bond, giving individuals a visual image of their favorite athletes....   [tags: essays research papers]

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J.b. Priestley 's ' His Theatrical Work '

- In his theatrical work J.B., Archibald MacLeish hints to the postwar era of World War II through explicit and implicit references. J.B. is relevant to society and reflects the events that took place in the 1950s. For that reason, the play purposefully and effectively demonstrates that, despite the bitterness and calamities of the forties and fifties, people should remain optimistic and should have faith that there will be hope, instead of dwelling on the injustice in the world. J.B. explicitly relates to the historical time period of the fifties....   [tags: World War II, World War I, 1950s, Love]

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John Cage

- John Cage Defined in the 1950s John Cage is considered by many to be the defining voice of avant-garde music throughout the 20th century. Fusing philosophy with composition, he reinvented the face of modern music, leading composer Arnold Schoenberg to declare, "Of course he's not a composer, but he's an inventor -- of genius" (Kostelanetz 6). For Cage, the 1950s brought a series of critical events that both refined his message as a composer and brought him great fame, or infamy to some. His interest in Eastern Zen philosophy blossomed throughout the early part of the decade, a subject that is actively pursued and reinforced in all of his following musical works....   [tags: Biography Bio Musician 1950s]

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- The Civil Rights Bill Years of sacrifice culminated in the passage of legislation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. When the bill was introduced, there was a lengthy debate of its contents. Southern congressmen fought against the bill with every breath. However, the public mode was behind change, and change is what was received with the passage of this bill. The bill was the most significant piece of legislation to date, and it has had a lasting effect in the elimination of discrimination and segregation....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Cult Films and the 1950s

- 1950’s Over past nine weeks we've embarked on a journey spanning seven decades of cult films and also received a brief education of our not so distant past. We've seen the outrageous, the good, the bad and the ugly, the weirdly dramatic, and the just plain weird of the last seven decades of cult films and how in the end somehow find away to incorporate a piece of American culture at the time. However, by far the most intriguing decade to me would have to be the nineteen fifties. There are many reasons why I could say the fifties ranging from great sports moments to political milestones, which gave way to our society now....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Youth Rebelliion In The 1950s

- History Essay By Ben Roberson During the 1950’s there was significant social change taking place in America. Young people were dissatisfied with certain conservative aspects of society and their conduct reflected this. They embraced the rock and roll culture, the new style of music and also the new styles of dancing and dress that were associated with it shocked the older more conservative people. Young people were also quick to protest against the controversial issues of the 1950’s. Civil Rights, the Vietnam War and general politics provided fuel for an already blazing fire....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Bop Music in the 1950s

- The Bop Beat The bebop revolution coincided with the birth of the Beat Generation. In a slightly unbalanced relationship, Beat writers often molded their poetics and style after the playing of such jazz music. "Jazz writers," such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, upheld their poetic ideals to the techniques of jazz musicians, such as rhythm, improvisation, and call and response. The structure of creative writing underwent a change, as the importance of form equaled that of theme. Swing, the predecessor of bop, was big, sweet, and hot....   [tags: Music]

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