America in the 1950s

America in the 1950s

by Edmund Lindop
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822576426
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
The Decades of Twentieth-Century America Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,289,792
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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