America in the 1950s

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Dancing the stroll, listening to Elvis Presley, gathering around the television, watching satellites orbit Earth, and much more.

From the Korean War to the Cold War, Americans also were concerned about serious national and international events. They feared nuclear annihilation and communist spies in the U.S. government.

The decade's newsmakers included President Dwight D. Eisenhower, civil rights pioneers known as the Little Rock Nine, artist ...

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Overview

Dancing the stroll, listening to Elvis Presley, gathering around the television, watching satellites orbit Earth, and much more.

From the Korean War to the Cold War, Americans also were concerned about serious national and international events. They feared nuclear annihilation and communist spies in the U.S. government.

The decade's newsmakers included President Dwight D. Eisenhower, civil rights pioneers known as the Little Rock Nine, artist Robert Rauschenberg, and tennis player Althea Gibson. They helped set the tone for a decade of change, upheaval, and excitement. From abstract art to desegregation, from rock and roll to poodle skirts, read about this fascinating decade from start to finish.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7-10–This well-written, appealing series provides glimpses into life in the United States during the 20th century. Chapters discuss the politics, science and technology, economy, social issues, literature and entertainment, sports, and music of the time and analyze how those factors affected this country's history. The texts are enlivened with quotes and excerpts from primary sources, period photos, and two sets of sidebars. “Profiles” provides biographical sketches of important people and “Turning Points” explains the significance of important events. Both the main texts and the sidebars offer extensive coverage of women and minority groups. A solid choice for readers and researchers.
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Gr 7-10-The Korean War, the "Red Scare," politics, civil rights, and the Cold War dominated this pivotal decade. Substantial chapters relate the important events and offer perspective on the trends that led to occurrences in the late 20th century. Three chapters are devoted to social and cultural themes. One chapter highlights achievements in baseball, football, basketball, track and field, tennis, and golf. While individual sports figures aren't indexed, some are mentioned in the limited year-by-year chronology. Lindop's coverage is meatier than Richard B. Stolley's in The American Dream: The 50s (Time-Life, 1999) and focuses less on popular culture than Stuart A. Kallen's The 1950s (Lucent, 1998). While not as generously illustrated as those two volumes, Lindop's book offers a solid, serious discussion in a relatively appealing package.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822576426
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: The Decades of Twentieth-Century America Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 913,052
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund Lindop has written many books for young adults, including several books in the Decades of Twentieth-Century America series.

Sarah DeCapua was born in Connecticut and graduated from Springfield College (BS) and Sacred Heart University (MAT). She is an editor and author for young readers. She lives in suburban Atlanta.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: From War to Peace to War 5

Chapter 1 New Decade, New Conflict: The Korean War 11

Chapter 2 "Better Dead Than Red": The Red Scare and the Cold War 21

Chapter 3 Breakthroughs: Science, Technology, and Transportation of the 1950s 37

Chapter 4 Good Times: The 1950s Economy 45

Chapter 5 Revolutionary Changes: Society in the 1950s 51

Chapter 6 Voices: Writing of the 1950s 67

Chapter 7 American Scene: Arts, Architecture, and Fashion in the 1950s 77

Chapter 8 Stars Shine: On Stage and Screen in the 1950s 89

Chapter 9 "Rock Around The Clock" Music in the 1950s 105

Chapter 10 American's Games: Sports and Recreation in the 1950s 115

Epilogue: A Pivotal Period 129

Timeline 132

Source Notes 134

Selected Bibliography 135

To Learn More 137

Selected 1950s Classics 139

1950s Activity 140

Index 141

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