The 1950s

The 1950s

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by William H. Young
     
 

Have the 1950s been overly romanticized? Beneath the calm, conformist exterior, new ideas and attitudes were percolating. This was the decade of McCarthyism, Levittowns, and men in gray flannel suits, but the 1950s also saw bold architectural styles, the rise of paperback novels and the Beat writers, Cinema Scope and film noir, television variety shows, the Golden

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Have the 1950s been overly romanticized? Beneath the calm, conformist exterior, new ideas and attitudes were percolating. This was the decade of McCarthyism, Levittowns, and men in gray flannel suits, but the 1950s also saw bold architectural styles, the rise of paperback novels and the Beat writers, Cinema Scope and film noir, television variety shows, the Golden Age of the automobile, subliminal advertising, fast food, Frisbees, and silly putty. Meanwhile, teens attained a more prominent role in American culture with hot rods, rock 'n' roll, preppies and greasers, and—gasp—juvenile delinquency. At the same time, a new technological threat, the atom bomb, lurked beneath the surface of the postwar decade. This volume presents a nuanced look at a surprisingly complex time in American popular culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313323935
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Series:
American Popular Culture Through History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Series Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
Timeline of the 1950sxv
Part ILife and Youth During the 1950s1
Chapter 1.Everyday America3
Chapter 2.World of Youth23
Part IIPopular Culture of the 1950s37
Chapter 3.Advertising39
Chapter 4.Architecture and Design61
Chapter 5.Fashion81
Chapter 6.Food and Drink95
Chapter 7.Leisure Activities113
Chapter 8.Literature135
Chapter 9.Music159
Chapter 10.Performing Arts181
Chapter 11.Travel and Recreation247
Chapter 12.Visual Arts267
Cost of Products in the 1950s285
Notes289
Further Reading303
Index331

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