The 1950s

The 1950s

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The 1950s by William H. Young, Nancy K. Young

In treating the complexities of an often stereotyped era that encompassed both American optimism and the Cold War's birth, writers affiliated with Lynchburg College, VA, survey postwar trends that influenced later decades: e.g., consumerism, family togetherness values, the emerging civil rights movement, and abstract expressionism. A sample of 1950s prices lists steak at 94 cents/lb. and early TVs at $400. B&w photos include suburban ranch houses, pop entertainers, and fallout shelters. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313052958
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2004
Series: American Popular Culture Through History Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

WILLIAM H. YOUNG is a freelance writer and independent scholar. He has recently retired from teaching English, American Studies, and popular culture at Lynchburg College in Virginia for 36 years. Young has published books and articles on various subjects of popular culture.

NANCY K. YOUNG is an adjunct professor for the Counselor Education Program in the School of Education and Human Development at Lynchburg College.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordvii
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
Further Reading303

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