1950s DBQ - Brianna Heath APUSH The 1950s was a time of great conformity that transformed society permanently Nonconformist writers known as the Beats

1950s DBQ - Brianna Heath APUSH The 1950s was a time of...

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Brianna HeathAPUSHThe 1950s was a time of great conformity that transformed society permanently. Nonconformist writers known as the Beats scorned the materialism of the era, as well as the similarity evident between members of the middle class. Although the 1950s can be seen as a decade of change in many ways, it deserves its reputation as an age of political, social, and cultural conformity, as well.As the cold war ended, Americans continued to question, “When will I be blown up?” (Document B). This fear was for good reason, and Sputnik proved it. Sputnik, a Russian satellite sent into orbit around the Earth, aroused a great fear that Americans were not unquestionably superior as previously thought. As stated in the Nobel Prize Speech of William Faulkner, “Our tragedy today is a general and universal fear” (Document B). Countering this desperate fear of Russian superiority, President Eisenhower doubled the funds for missile development and concentrated American effort on education, building new classrooms and laboratories. The National Defense Education Act of 1958 stated that the American people must “educate more of

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